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Semantic and syntactic features for anaphora resolution for Dutch
Iris Hendrickx, Veronique Hoste and Walter Daelemans
In: CICLing-2008, Haifa, Israel(2008).


We investigate the eect of encoding additional semantic and syntactic information sources in a classication-based machine learning approach to the task of coreference resolution for Dutch. We experiment both with a memory-based learning approach and a maximum entropy modeling method. As an alternative to using external lexical resources, such as the lowcoverage Dutch EuroWordNet, we evaluate the eect of automatically generated semantic clusters as information source. We compare these clusters, which group together semantically similar nouns, to two semantic features based on EuroWordNet encoding synonym and hypernym relations between nouns. The syntactic function of the anaphor and antecedent in the sentence can be an important clue for resolving coreferential relations. As baseline approach, we encode syntactic information as predicted by a memorybased shallow parser in a set of features. We contrast these shallow parse based features with features encoding richer syntactic information from a dependency parser. We show that using both the additional semantic information and syntactic information lead to small but signicant performance improvement of our coreference resolution approach.

EPrint Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Project Keyword:Project Keyword UNSPECIFIED
Subjects:Natural Language Processing
ID Code:4633
Deposited By:Walter Daelemans
Deposited On:13 March 2009