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Mon Jul 23 2007

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Message 1: Integrating Deep and Shallow Natural Language Processing Components: Representations and hybrid architectures
Date: 23-Jul-2007
From: Ulrich Schaefer <ulrich.schaeferdfki.de>
Subject: Integrating Deep and Shallow Natural Language Processing Components: Representations and hybrid architectures
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Institution: Saarland University
Program: Department of Computer Science
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2006

Author: Ulrich Schaefer

Dissertation Title: Integrating Deep and Shallow Natural Language Processing Components: Representations and hybrid architectures

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Dissertation Director:
Hans Uszkoreit
Wolfgang Wahlster

Dissertation Abstract:

We describe basic concepts and software architectures for the integration
of shallow and deep (linguistics-based, semantics-oriented) natural
language processing (NLP) components. The main goal of this novel, hybrid
integration paradigm is improving robustness of deep processing.

After an introduction to constraint-based natural language parsing, we give
an overview of typical shallow processing tasks. We introduce XML standoff
markup as an additional abstraction layer that eases integration of NLP
components, and propose the use of XSLT as a standardized and efficient
transformation language for online NLP integration.

In the main part of the thesis, we describe our contributions to three
hybrid architecture frameworks that make use of these fundamentals. SProUT
is a shallow system that uses elements of deep constraint-based processing,
namely type hierarchy and typed feature structures. Whiteboard is the first
hybrid architecture to integrate not only part-of-speech tagging, but also
named entity recognition and topological parsing, with deep parsing.
Finally, we present Heart of Gold, a middleware architecture that
generalizes Whiteboard into various dimensions such as configurability,
multilinguality and flexible processing strategies.

We describe various applications that have been implemented using the
hybrid frameworks such as structured named entity recognition, information
extraction, creative document authoring support, deep question analysis, as
well as evaluations. In Whiteboard, e.g., it could be shown that shallow
pre-processing increases both coverage and efficiency of deep parsing by a
factor of more than two.

Heart of Gold not only forms the basis for applications that utilize
semantics-oriented natural language analysis, but also constitutes a
complex research instrument for experimenting with novel processing
strategies combining deep and shallow methods, and eases replication and
comparability of results.





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