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Academic Paper


Title: Structure-guided supertagger learning
Author: Yao-Zhong Zhang
Institution: University of Tokyo
Author: Takuya Matsuzaki
Institution: University of Tokyo
Author: Jun-ichi Tsujii
Institution: Microsoft Research Asia
Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics
Abstract: As described in this paper, we specifically examine the structural learning problem of a supertagging task. Supertagging is a task to assign the most probable lexical entry to each word in a sentence. A supertagger is extremely important for a lexicalized grammar parser because an accurate supertagger can greatly reduce lexical ambiguity in downstream parser. Supertagging is more challenging than conventional sequence labeling tasks (e.g., part-of-speech tagging). First, the supertags are numerous. Supertags are the lexical entries defined in a lexicalized grammar, which consists of rich syntactic/semantic information. Second, the inter-supertag relation is more complex. A proper supertag assignment is expected to be compatible with other supertag assignments in a sentence to construct a parse tree. Commonly used adjacent label features (e.g., first-order edge feature) in a sequence labeling model are too rough for the supertagging task. Long-range information is extremely important for the supertagging task. Two approaches to consider long-range information in a supertagger's training stage are proposed. Specifically, we propose a dependency-informed supertagger to use word-to-word dependency derived from a dependency parser and generate long-range features as soft constraints in the training. In the forest-guided supertagger, we constrain the classifier to learn in a grammar-satisfying space and use a CFG filter to impose grammar constraints for the update of model parameters. The experiments show that the proposed structure-guided supertaggers perform significantly better than the baseline supertaggers. Based on the improved supertaggers, the F-score of the final parser is also improved. Using the forest-guided supertagger in a shift-reduce HPSG parser, we achieved a competitive parsing performance of 89.31% F-score with higher parsing speed than that of a state-of-the-art HPSG parser.

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This article appears IN Natural Language Engineering Vol. 18, Issue 2.

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