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Title Predicting Phrase Breaks in Classical and Modern Standard Arabic Text
Authors Majdi Sawalha, Claire Brierley and Eric Atwell
Abstract We train and test two probabilistic taggers for Arabic phrase break prediction on a purpose-built, “gold standard”, boundary-annotated and PoS-tagged Qur'an corpus of 77430 words and 8230 sentences. In a related LREC paper (Brierley et al., 2012), we cover dataset build. Here we report on comparative experiments with off-the-shelf N-gram and HMM taggers and coarse-grained feature sets for syntax and prosody, where the task is to predict boundary locations in an unseen test set stripped of boundary annotations by classifying words as breaks or non-breaks. The preponderance of non-breaks in the training data sets a challenging baseline success rate: 85.56%. However, we achieve significant gains in accuracy with the trigram tagger, and significant gains in performance recognition of minority class instances with both taggers via Balanced Classification Rate. This is initial work on a long-term research project to produce annotation schemes, language resources, algorithms, and applications for Classical and Modern Standard Arabic.
Topics Prosody, Statistical and machine learning methods, Evaluation methodologies
Full paper Predicting Phrase Breaks in Classical and Modern Standard Arabic Text
Bibtex @InProceedings{SAWALHA12.239,
  author = {Majdi Sawalha and Claire Brierley and Eric Atwell},
  title = {Predicting Phrase Breaks in Classical and Modern Standard Arabic Text},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Eight International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'12)},
  year = {2012},
  month = {may},
  date = {23-25},
  address = {Istanbul, Turkey},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference Chair) and Khalid Choukri and Thierry Declerck and Mehmet Uğur Doğan and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Asuncion Moreno and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  isbn = {978-2-9517408-7-7},
  language = {english}
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