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Academic Paper

Title: POS-tagging arabic texts: A novel approach based on ant colony
Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language: Arabic, Standard
Abstract: The specificities of the Arabic language, mainly agglutination and vocalization make the task of POS-tagging more difficult than for Indo-European languages. Consequently, POS-tagging texts with good accuracy remains a challenging problem for Arabic language processing applications. In this work, we consider the task of POS-tagging as an optimization problem modeled as a graph whose nodes correspond to all possible grammatical tags given by a morphological analyzer for words in a sentence and the goal is to find the best path (sequence of tags) in this graph. To resolve this problem, we propose a novel approach based on ant colony. Ant colony-based algorithms are among the most efficient methods to resolve optimization problems modeled as a graph. The collaboration of ants having various knowledge creates a collective intelligence and increases efficiency. We have performed experiments on both vocalized and non-vocalized texts and tested two different tagsets containing fine and coarse grained composite tags. The obtained results showed good accuracy rates and hence, the benefits of swarm intelligence for the POS-tagging problem.


This article appears IN Natural Language Engineering Vol. 23, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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