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Title Building Named Entity Recognition Taggers via Parallel Corpora
Authors Rodrigo Agerri, Yiling Chung, Itziar Aldabe, Nora Aranberri, Gorka Labaka and German Rigau
Abstract The lack of hand curated data is a major impediment to developing statistical semantic processors for many of the world languages. Our paper aims to bridge this gap by leveraging existing annotations and semantic processors from multiple source languages by projecting their annotations via the statistical word alignments traditionally used in Machine Translation. Taking the Named Entity Recognition (NER) task as a use case, this work presents a method to automatically induce Named Entity annotated data using parallel corpora without any manual intervention. The projected annotations can then be used to automatically generate semantic processors for the target language helping to overcome the lack of training data for a given language. The experiments are focused on 4 languages: German, English, Spanish and Italian, and our empirical evaluation results show that our method obtains competitive results when compared with models trained on gold-standard, albeit out-of-domain, data. The results point out that our projection algorithm is effective to transport NER annotations across languages thus providing a fully automatic method to obtain NER taggers for as many as the number of languages aligned in parallel corpora. Every resource generated (training data, manually annotated test set and NER models) is made publicly available for its use and to facilitate reproducibility of results.
Topics Multilinguality, Named Entity Recognition, Information Extraction, Information Retrieval
Full paper Building Named Entity Recognition Taggers via Parallel Corpora
Bibtex @InProceedings{AGERRI18.965,
  author = {Rodrigo Agerri and Yiling Chung and Itziar Aldabe and Nora Aranberri and Gorka Labaka and German Rigau},
  title = "{Building Named Entity Recognition Taggers via Parallel Corpora}",
  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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