EMMA: A novel Evaluation Metric for Morphological Analysis

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EMMA: A novel Evaluation Metric for Morphological Analysis
We present a novel Evaluation Metric for Morphological Analysis (EMMA) that is both linguistically appealing and empirically sound. EMMA uses a graphbased assignment algorithm, optimized via integer linear programming, to match morphemes of predicted word analyses to the analyses of a morphologically rich answer key. This is necessary especially for unsupervised morphology analysis systems which do not have access to linguistically motivated morpheme labels. Across 3 languages, EMMA scores of 14 systems have a substantially greater positive correlation with mean average precision in an information retrieval (IR) task than do scores from the metric currently used by the Morpho Challenge (MC) competition series. We compute EMMA and MC metric scores for 93 separate system-language pairs from the 2007, 2008, and 2009 MC competitions, demonstrating that EMMA is not susceptible to two types of gaming that have plagued recent MC competitions: Ambiguity Hijacking and Shared Morpheme Padding. ...
Sebastian Spiegler, Christian Monson
Added 13 May 2011
Updated 13 May 2011
Type Journal
Year 2010
Authors Sebastian Spiegler, Christian Monson
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