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Statistical Morphological Disambiguation for Agglutinative Languages

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posted on 01.08.2000, 00:00 by Dilek Zeynep Hakkani-Tur, Kemal OflazerKemal Oflazer, Gokhan Tur
In this paper, we present statistical models for morphological disambiguation in Turkish. Turkish presents an interesting problem for statistical models since the potential tag set size is very large because of the productive derivational morphology. We propose to handle this by breaking up the morphosyntactic tags into inflectional groups, each of which contains the inflectional features for each (intermediate) derived form. Our statistical models score the probability of each morphosyntactic tag by considering statistics over the individual inflection groups in a trigram model. Among the three models that we have developed and tested, the simplest model ignoring the local morphotactics within words performs the best. Our best trigram model performs with 93.95% accuracy on our test data getting all the morphosyntactic and semantic features correct. If we are just interested in syntactically relevant features and ignore a very small set of semantic features, then the accuracy increases to 95.07%.


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Published in Proceedings of The 18th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, August 2000, Saarbrucken, Germany



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