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Title Improving homograph disambiguation with supervised machine learning
Authors Kyle Gorman, Gleb Mazovetskiy and Vitaly Nikolaev
Abstract We describe a pre-existing rule-based homograph disambiguation system used for text-to-speech synthesis at Google, and compare it against a novel system which performs disambiguation using classifiers trained on a small amount of labeled data. An evaluation of these systems, using a new, freely available English data set, finds that hybrid systems (making use of both rules and machine learning) are significantly more accurate than either hand-written rules or machine learning alone. The evaluation also finds minimal performance degradation when the hybrid system is configured to run on limited-resource mobile devices rather than on production servers. The two best systems described here are used for homograph disambiguation on all American English text-to-speech traffic at Google.
Topics Industrial Systems
Full paper Improving homograph disambiguation with supervised machine learning
Bibtex @InProceedings{GORMAN18.8880,
  author = {Kyle Gorman and Gleb Mazovetskiy and Vitaly Nikolaev},
  title = "{Improving homograph disambiguation with supervised machine learning}",
  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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