Automatic Classification of Sentences in Dutch Laws

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Automatic Classification of Sentences in Dutch Laws
The work described here builds on [1], where we presented a categorisation of norms or provisions in legislation. We claimed that the categories are characterized by the use of typical sentence structures and that this would enable automatic detection and classification. In this paper we present the results of experiments in such automatic classification of provisions. We have defined fourteen different categories of provisions, and compiled a list of 81 sentence structures for those categories from twenty Dutch laws. Based on these structures, a parser was used to classify the sentences in fifteen different Dutch laws, classifying 94% of 530 sentences correctly. It compares well with other, statistical approaches. An important improvement of our classifier will be the distinction of principal and auxiliary sentences.
Emile de Maat, Radboud Winkels
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Updated 29 Oct 2010
Type Conference
Year 2008
Authors Emile de Maat, Radboud Winkels
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