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Title Diacritics Restoration Using Neural Networks
Authors Jakub Náplava, Milan Straka, Pavel Straňák and Jan Hajic
Abstract In this paper, we describe a novel combination of a character-level recurrent neural-network based model and a language model applied to diacritics restoration. In many cases in the past and still at present, people often replace characters with diacritics with their ASCII counterparts. Despite the fact that the resulting text is usually easy to understand for humans, it is much harder for further computational processing. This paper opens with a discussion of applicability of restoration of diacritics in selected languages. Next, we present a neural network-based approach to diacritics generation. The core component of our model is a bidirectional recurrent neural network operating at a character level. We evaluate the model on two existing datasets consisting of four European languages. When combined with a language model, our model reduces the error of current best systems by 20% to 64%. Finally, we propose a pipeline for obtaining consistent diacritics restoration datasets for twelve languages and evaluate our model on it. All the code is available under open source license on
Topics Corpus (Creation, Annotation, Etc.), Tools, Systems, Applications, Statistical And Machine Learning Methods
Full paper Diacritics Restoration Using Neural Networks
Bibtex @InProceedings{NÁPLAVA18.573,
  author = {Jakub Náplava and Milan Straka and Pavel Straňák and Jan Hajic},
  title = "{Diacritics Restoration Using Neural Networks}",
  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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