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Title Building a Word Segmenter for Sanskrit Overnight
Authors Vikas Reddy, Amrith Krishna, Vishnu Sharma, Prateek Gupta, Vineeth M R and Pawan Goyal
Abstract There is an abundance of digitised texts available in Sanskrit. However, the word segmentation task in such texts are challenging due to the issue of 'Sandhi'. In Sandhi, words in a sentence often fuse together to form a single chunk of text, where the word delimiter vanishes and sounds at the word boundaries undergo transformations, which is also reflected in the written text. Here, we propose an approach that uses a deep sequence to sequence (seq2seq) model that takes only the sandhied string as the input and predicts the unsandhied string. The state of the art models are linguistically involved and have external dependencies for the lexical and morphological analysis of the input. Our model can be trained "overnight" and be used for production. In spite of the knowledge-lean approach, our system performs better than the current state of the art by gaining a percentage increase of 16.79 % than the current state of the art.
Topics Statistical And Machine Learning Methods, Tools, Systems, Applications, Other
Full paper Building a Word Segmenter for Sanskrit Overnight
Bibtex @InProceedings{REDDY18.669,
  author = {Vikas Reddy and Amrith Krishna and Vishnu Sharma and Prateek Gupta and Vineeth M R and Pawan Goyal},
  title = "{Building a Word Segmenter for Sanskrit Overnight}",
  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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