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Academic Paper

Title: Robust parsing with weighted constraints
Author: Kilian Foth
Institution: Universität Hamburg
Author: Wolfgang Menzel
Institution: Universität Hamburg
Author: Ingo Schröder
Institution: Universität Hamburg
Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics
Abstract: Based on constraint optimization techniques, an architecture for robust parsing of natural language utterances has been developed. The resulting system is able to combine possibly contradicting evidence from a variety of information sources, using a plausibility-based arbitration procedure to derive fairly rich structural representations, comprising aspects of syntax, semantics and other description levels of language. The results of a series of experiments are reported which demonstrate the high potential for robust behaviour with respect to ungrammaticality, incomplete utterances, and temporal pressure.


This article appears IN Natural Language Engineering Vol. 11, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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