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2012) “A Multilingual Personal Name Treebank to Assist Genealogical Name

By Patrick Schone and Stuart Davey


In this paper, we illustrate the creation of a completely new Treebank which has significant application to the genealogical space and, to the best of our knowledge, has never been described before. We document the creation of a Personal Name Treebank (PNTB) which, though still a work in progress, already contains over 150,000 name structure classifications for people names derived from all the cultures, time frames, and writing scripts that are observed in our 800-million-name Common Pedigree at The Common Pedigree includes names from various millennia, name from all countries of the world, and names rendered not only in Latin, but also in scripts such as Cyrillic and CJK. We describe the PNTB and its components, and we give a number of examples where this is particularly beneficial to genealogical search.

Year: 2013
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