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Title Discriminating Similar Languages: Evaluations and Explorations
Authors Cyril Goutte, Serge Léger, Shervin Malmasi and Marcos Zampieri
Abstract We present an analysis of the performance of machine learning classifiers on discriminating between similar languages and language varieties. We carried out a number of experiments using the results of the two editions of the Discriminating between Similar Languages (DSL) shared task. We investigate the progress made between the two tasks, estimate an upper bound on possible performance using ensemble and oracle combination, and provide learning curves to help us understand which languages are more challenging. A number of difficult sentences are identified and investigated further with human annotation
Topics Language Identification, Document Classification, Text categorisation, Language Modelling
Full paper Discriminating Similar Languages: Evaluations and Explorations
Bibtex @InProceedings{GOUTTE16.69,
  author = {Cyril Goutte and Serge Léger and Shervin Malmasi and Marcos Zampieri},
  title = {Discriminating Similar Languages: Evaluations and Explorations},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2016)},
  year = {2016},
  month = {may},
  date = {23-28},
  location = {Portoro┼ż, Slovenia},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference Chair) and Khalid Choukri and Thierry Declerck and Sara Goggi and Marko Grobelnik and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Helene Mazo and Asuncion Moreno and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  address = {Paris, France},
  isbn = {978-2-9517408-9-1},
  language = {english}
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