Easily Identifiable Discourse Relations

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Easily Identifiable Discourse Relations
We present a corpus study of local discourse relations based on the Penn Discourse Tree Bank, a large manually annotated corpus of explicitly or implicitly realized relations. We show that while there is a large degree of ambiguity in temporal explicit discourse connectives, overall connectives are mostly unambiguous and allow high-accuracy prediction of discourse relation type. We achieve 93.09% accuracy in classifying the explicit relations and 74.74% accuracy overall. In addition, we show that some pairs of relations occur together in text more often than expected by chance. This finding suggests that global sequence classification of the relations in text can lead to better results, especially for implicit relations.
Emily Pitler, Mridhula Raghupathy, Hena Mehta, Ani
Added 29 Oct 2010
Updated 29 Oct 2010
Type Conference
Year 2008
Authors Emily Pitler, Mridhula Raghupathy, Hena Mehta, Ani Nenkova, Alan Lee, Aravind K. Joshi
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