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Title CEFR-based Lexical Simplification Dataset
Authors Satoru Uchida, Shohei Takada and Yuki Arase
Abstract This study creates a language dataset for lexical simplification based on Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR) levels (CEFR-LS). Lexical simplification has continued to be one of the important tasks for language learning and education. There are several language resources for lexical simplification that are available for generating rules and creating simplifiers using machine learning. However, these resources are not tailored to language education with word levels and lists of candidates tending to be subjective. Different from these, the present study constructs a CEFR-LS whose target and candidate words are assigned CEFR levels using CEFR-J wordlists and English Vocabulary Profile, and candidates are selected using an online thesaurus. Since CEFR is widely used around the world, using CEFR levels makes it possible to apply a simplification method based on our dataset to language education directly. CEFR-LS currently includes 406 targets and 4912 candidates. To evaluate the validity of CEFR-LS for machine learning, two basic models are employed for selecting candidates and the results are presented as a reference for future users of the dataset.
Topics Textual Entailment And Paraphrasing, Corpus (Creation, Annotation, Etc.), Computer-Assisted Language Learning (Call)
Full paper CEFR-based Lexical Simplification Dataset
Bibtex @InProceedings{UCHIDA18.238,
  author = {Satoru Uchida and Shohei Takada and Yuki Arase},
  title = "{CEFR-based Lexical Simplification Dataset}",
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2018)},
  year = {2018},
  month = {May 7-12, 2018},
  address = {Miyazaki, Japan},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference chair) and Khalid Choukri and Christopher Cieri and Thierry Declerck and Sara Goggi and Koiti Hasida and Hitoshi Isahara and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Hélène Mazo and Asuncion Moreno and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis and Takenobu Tokunaga},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  isbn = {979-10-95546-00-9},
  language = {english}
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