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Some Properties of Preposition and Subordinate Conjunction Attachments

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Some Properties of Preposition and Subordinate Conjunction Attachments
Determining the attachments of prepositions and subordinate conjunctions is a key problem in parsing natural language. This paper presents a trainable approach to making these attachments through transformation sequences and error-driven learning. Our approach is broad coverage, and accounts for roughly three times the attachment cases that have previously been handled by corpus-based techniques. In addition, our approach is based on a simplified model of syntax that is more consistent with the practice in current state-of-the-art language processing systems. This paper sketches syntactic and algorithmic details, and presents experimental results on data sets derived from the Penn Treebank. We obtain an attachment accuracy of 75.4% for the general case, the first such corpus-based result to be reported. For the restricted cases previously studied with corpusbased methods, our approach yields an accuracy comparable to current work (83.1%).
Alexander S. Yeh, Marc B. Vilain
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Type Conference
Year 1998
Where ACL
Authors Alexander S. Yeh, Marc B. Vilain
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