LINGUIST List 22.4681

Wed Nov 23 2011

Books: Computational Linguistics/Linguistic Theories: Chiang

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        1.     Jolanda Voogd , Grammars for Language and Genes: Chiang

Message 1: Grammars for Language and Genes: Chiang
Date: 23-Nov-2011
From: Jolanda Voogd <>
Subject: Grammars for Language and Genes: Chiang
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Title: Grammars for Language and Genes Subtitle: Theoretical and Empirical Investigations Series Title: Theory and Applications of Natural Language Processing Published: 2011 Publisher: Springer

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Author: David Chiang Hardback: ISBN: 9783642204432 Pages: 120 Price: Europe EURO 85

Grammars are gaining importance in natural language processing andcomputational biology as a means of encoding theories and structuringalgorithms. But one serious obstacle to applications of grammars is thatformal language theory traditionally classifies grammars according to theirweak generative capacity (what sets of strings they generate) and tends toignore strong generative capacity (what sets of structural descriptions theygenerate) even though the latter is more relevant to applications.

This book develops and demonstrates a framework for carrying out rigorouscomparisons of grammar formalisms in terms of their usefulness forapplications, focusing on three areas of application: statistical parsing,natural language translation, and biological sequence analysis. These resultsshould pave the way for theoretical research to pursue results that are moredirected towards applications, and for practical research to explore the use ofadvanced grammar formalisms more easily.

Content Level: Research

Keywords: biological sequence analysis - formal grammars - languagetranslation - statistical parsing - strong generative capacity

Related subjects: Artificial Intelligence - Bioinformatics - TheoreticalComputer Science

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics                             Linguistic Theories
Written In: English (eng )

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