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An Empirical Study of Smoothing Techniques for Language Modeling
, 1998
"... We present an extensive empirical comparison of several smoothing techniques in the domain of language modeling, including those described by Jelinek and Mercer (1980), Katz (1987), and Church and Gale (1991). We investigate for the first time how factors such as training data size, corpus (e.g., Br ..."
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We present an extensive empirical comparison of several smoothing techniques in the domain of language modeling, including those described by Jelinek and Mercer (1980), Katz (1987), and Church and Gale (1991). We investigate for the first time how factors such as training data size, corpus (e.g., Brown versus Wall Street Journal), and ngram order (bigram versus trigram) affect the relative performance of these methods, which we measure through the crossentropy of test data. In addition, we introduce two novel smoothing techniques, one a variation of JelinekMercer smoothing and one a very simple linear interpolation technique, both of which outperform existing methods. 1
Shallow Parsing with Conditional Random Fields
, 2003
"... Conditional random fields for sequence labeling offer advantages over both generative models like HMMs and classifiers applied at each sequence position. Among sequence labeling tasks in language processing, shallow parsing has received much attention, with the development of standard evaluati ..."
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Conditional random fields for sequence labeling offer advantages over both generative models like HMMs and classifiers applied at each sequence position. Among sequence labeling tasks in language processing, shallow parsing has received much attention, with the development of standard evaluation datasets and extensive comparison among methods. We show here how to train a conditional random field to achieve performance as good as any reported base nounphrase chunking method on the CoNLL task, and better than any reported single model. Improved training methods based on modern optimization algorithms were critical in achieving these results. We present extensive comparisons between models and training methods that confirm and strengthen previous results on shallow parsing and training methods for maximumentropy models.
Maximum entropy markov models for information extraction and segmentation
, 2000
"... Hidden Markov models (HMMs) are a powerful probabilistic tool for modeling sequential data, and have been applied with success to many textrelated tasks, such as partofspeech tagging, text segmentation and information extraction. In these cases, the observations are usually modeled as multinomial ..."
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Hidden Markov models (HMMs) are a powerful probabilistic tool for modeling sequential data, and have been applied with success to many textrelated tasks, such as partofspeech tagging, text segmentation and information extraction. In these cases, the observations are usually modeled as multinomial distributions over a discrete vocabulary, and the HMM parameters are set to maximize the likelihood of the observations. This paper presents a new Markovian sequence model, closely related to HMMs, that allows observations to be represented as arbitrary overlapping features (such as word, capitalization, formatting, partofspeech), and defines the conditional probability of state sequences given observation sequences. It does this by using the maximum entropy framework to fit a set of exponential models that represent the probability of a state given an observation and the previous state. We present positive experimental results on the segmentation of FAQ’s.
Using Maximum Entropy for Text Classification
, 1999
"... This paper proposes the use of maximum entropy techniques for text classification. Maximum entropy is a probability distribution estimation technique widely used for a variety of natural language tasks, such as language modeling, partofspeech tagging, and text segmentation. The underlying principl ..."
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This paper proposes the use of maximum entropy techniques for text classification. Maximum entropy is a probability distribution estimation technique widely used for a variety of natural language tasks, such as language modeling, partofspeech tagging, and text segmentation. The underlying principle of maximum entropy is that without external knowledge, one should prefer distributions that are uniform. Constraints on the distribution, derived from labeled training data, inform the technique where to be minimally nonuniform. The maximum entropy formulation has a unique solution which can be found by the improved iterative scaling algorithm. In this paper, maximum entropy is used for text classification by estimating the conditional distribution of the class variable given the document. In experiments on several text datasets we compare accuracy to naive Bayes and show that maximum entropy is sometimes significantly better, but also sometimes worse. Much future work remains, but the re...
Efficiently Inducing Features of Conditional Random Fields
, 2003
"... Conditional Random Fields (CRFs) are undirected graphical models, a special case of which correspond to conditionallytrained finite state machines. A key advantage of CRFs is their great flexibility to include a wide variety of arbitrary, nonindependent features of the input. Faced with ..."
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Conditional Random Fields (CRFs) are undirected graphical models, a special case of which correspond to conditionallytrained finite state machines. A key advantage of CRFs is their great flexibility to include a wide variety of arbitrary, nonindependent features of the input. Faced with
Widecoverage efficient statistical parsing with CCG and loglinear models
 COMPUTATIONAL LINGUISTICS
, 2007
"... This paper describes a number of loglinear parsing models for an automatically extracted lexicalized grammar. The models are "full" parsing models in the sense that probabilities are defined for complete parses, rather than for independent events derived by decomposing the parse tree. Dis ..."
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This paper describes a number of loglinear parsing models for an automatically extracted lexicalized grammar. The models are "full" parsing models in the sense that probabilities are defined for complete parses, rather than for independent events derived by decomposing the parse tree. Discriminative training is used to estimate the models, which requires incorrect parses for each sentence in the training data as well as the correct parse. The lexicalized grammar formalism used is Combinatory Categorial Grammar (CCG), and the grammar is automatically extracted from CCGbank, a CCG version of the Penn Treebank. The combination of discriminative training and an automatically extracted grammar leads to a significant memory requirement (over 20 GB), which is satisfied using a parallel implementation of the BFGS optimisation algorithm running on a Beowulf cluster. Dynamic programming over a packed chart, in combination with the parallel implementation, allows us to solve one of the largestscale estimation problems in the statistical parsing literature in under three hours. A key component of the parsing system, for both training and testing, is a Maximum Entropy supertagger which assigns CCG lexical categories to words in a sentence. The supertagger makes the discriminative training feasible, and also leads to a highly efficient parser. Surprisingly,
Domain adaptation for statistical classifiers
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, 2006
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Parsing the WSJ using CCG and loglinear models
 In Proceedings of the 42nd Meeting of the ACL
, 2004
"... This paper describes and evaluates loglinear parsing models for Combinatory Categorial Grammar (CCG). A parallel implementation of the LBFGS optimisation algorithm is described, which runs on a Beowulf cluster allowing the complete Penn Treebank to be used for estimation. We also develop a new eff ..."
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This paper describes and evaluates loglinear parsing models for Combinatory Categorial Grammar (CCG). A parallel implementation of the LBFGS optimisation algorithm is described, which runs on a Beowulf cluster allowing the complete Penn Treebank to be used for estimation. We also develop a new efficient parsing algorithm for CCG which maximises expected recall of dependencies. We compare models which use all CCG derivations, including nonstandard derivations, with normalform models. The performances of the two models are comparable and the results are competitive with existing widecoverage CCG parsers.
Table Extraction Using Conditional Random Fields
, 2003
"... The ability to find tables and extract information from them is a necessary component of data mining, question answering, and other information retrieval tasks. Documents often contain tables in order to communicate densely packed, multidimensional information. Tables do this by employing layout pa ..."
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The ability to find tables and extract information from them is a necessary component of data mining, question answering, and other information retrieval tasks. Documents often contain tables in order to communicate densely packed, multidimensional information. Tables do this by employing layout patterns to efficiently indicate fields and records in twodimensional form.
A Bit of Progress in Language Modeling
, 2001
"... Language modeling is the art of determining the probability of a sequence of words. This is useful in a large variety of areas including speech recognition, optical character recognition, handwriting recognition, machine translation, and spelling correction (Church, 1988; Brown et al., 1990; Hull, 1 ..."
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Language modeling is the art of determining the probability of a sequence of words. This is useful in a large variety of areas including speech recognition, optical character recognition, handwriting recognition, machine translation, and spelling correction (Church, 1988; Brown et al., 1990; Hull, 1992; Kernighan et al., 1990; Srihari and Baltus, 1992). The most commonly used language models are very simple (e.g. a Katzsmoothed trigram model). There are many improvements over this simple model however, including caching, clustering, higherorder ngrams, skipping models, and sentencemixture models, all of which we will describe below. Unfortunately, these more complicated techniques have rarely been examined in combination. It is entirely possible that two techniques that work well separately will not work well together, and, as we will show, even possible that some techniques will work better together than either one does by itself. In this...