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Singular or plural? Exploiting parallel corpora for Chinese number prediction

By Elizabeth Baran and Nianwen Xue


We explore a novel approach to automatically predict noun number in Chinese by using a word-aligned Chinese-English parallel corpus. We first map number information from English onto Chinese to create a dataset labeled with a POS tagset enhanced with number information, and then train a model to automatically predict noun number using a combination of lexical and syntactic features. We evaluate the quality of the automatically mapped data and show the mapping is largely adequate despite a small percentage of errors. Trained on a relatively small data set, our model achieves a 4 % improvement in absolute accuracy over a majority baseline that considers all nouns to be singular.

Year: 2011
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