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A simpler, intuitive approach to morpheme induction

By Samarth Keshava


We present a simple, psychologically plausible algorithm to perform unsupervised learning of morphemes. The algorithm is most suited to Indo-European languages with a concatenative morphology, and in particular English. We will describe the two approaches that work together to detect morphemes: 1) finding words that appear as substrings of other words, and 2) detecting changes in transitional probabilities. This algorithm yields particularly good results given its simplicity and conciseness: evaluated on a set of 532 humansegmented

Topics: Precision, 82.84 % Recall, 79.10
Publisher: 2009-01-08
Year: 2006
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