Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing by Christopher D. Manning, Hinrich Schuetze

By Christopher D. Manning, Hinrich Schuetze

Statistical techniques to processing common language textual content became dominant lately. This foundational textual content is the 1st finished creation to statistical usual language processing (NLP) to seem. The ebook comprises the entire conception and algorithms wanted for development NLP instruments. It presents wide yet rigorous assurance of mathematical and linguistic foundations, in addition to particular dialogue of statistical equipment, permitting scholars and researchers to build their very own implementations. The publication covers collocation discovering, notice experience disambiguation, probabilistic parsing, info retrieval, and different applications.

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But these primitive text statistics already tell us the reason that Statistical NLP is difficult: it is hard to predict much about the behavior of words that you never or barely ever observed in your corpus. One might initially think that these problems would just go away when one uses a larger corpus, but this hope is not borne out: rather, lots of words that we do not see at all in Tom Sawyer will occur - once or twice - in a large corpus. The existence of this long tail of rare words is the basis for the most celebrated early result in corpus linguistics, Zipf’s law, which we will discuss next.

It is not appropriate to provide a detailed philosophical treatment of scientific approaches to language here, but let us note a few more differences between rationalist and empiricist approaches. Rationalists and empiricists are attempting to describe different things. Chomskyan (or generative) linguistics seeks to describe the language module of the human mind (the I-language) for which data such as texts (the E-language) provide only indirect evidence, which can be supplemented by native speaker intuitions.

One is the suggestion that the number of meanings of a word is correlated with its frequency. Again, Zipf argues that conservation of speaker effort would prefer there to be only one word with all meanings while conservation of hearer effort would prefer each meaning to be expressed by a different word. 6 meanings). A second result concerns the tendency of content words to clump. For a word one can measure the number of lines or pages between each occurrence of the word in a text, and then calculate the frequency F of different interval sizes I.

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