Google Building Annotated Resources for Syntactic Parsing

Google announced that the company will create new annotated resources for the Linguistic Data Consortium that can facilitate research progress in the area of syntactic parsing."The primary purpose is to generate data sets that language technology researchers can use to evaluate the robustness of new parsing methods in several web domains, such as blogs and […]

Google announced that the company will create new annotated resources for the Linguistic Data Consortium that can facilitate research progress in the area of syntactic parsing.

"The primary purpose is to generate data sets that language technology researchers can use to evaluate the robustness of new parsing methods in several web domains, such as blogs and discussion forums. The goal is to move parsing beyond its current focus on carefully edited text such as print news (for which annotated resources already exist) to domains with larger stylistic and topical variability (where spelling errors and grammatical mistakes are more common)," stated Google.

The LDC is a non-profit organization that produces and distributes linguistic data to researchers, technology developers, universities and university libraries. The LDC is hosted by the University of Pennsylvania and directed by Mark Liberman, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Linguistics.

The LDC is the leader in building linguistic data resources and will annotate several thousand sentences with syntactic parse trees like the one shown in the figure. The annotation will be done manually by specially trained linguists who'll also have access to machine analysis and can correct errors the systems make.

"Once the annotation is completed, the corpus will be released to the research community through the LDC catalog. We look forward to seeing what they produce and what the natural language processing research community can do with the rich annotation resource," Google said.

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