Dependency Chart Parsing Algorithm Based on Ternary-Span Combination

Meixun JIN  Yong-Hun LEE  Jong-Hyeok LEE  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E96-D   No.1   pp.93-101
Publication Date: 2013/01/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.E96.D.93
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Natural Language Processing
Keyword: 
dependency chart parsing,  span-based parsing,  factor-based parsing,  dependency parsing algorithm,  averaged perceptron,  syntactic analysis,  

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Summary: 
This paper presents a new span-based dependency chart parsing algorithm that models the relations between the left and right dependents of a head. Such relations cannot be modeled in existing span-based algorithms, despite their popularity in dependency corpora. We address this problem through ternary-span combination during the subtree derivation. By modeling the relations between the left and right dependents of a head, our proposed algorithm provides a better capability of coordination disambiguation when the conjunction is annotated as the head of the left and right conjuncts. This eventually leads to state-of-the-art performance of dependency parsing on the Chinese data of the CoNLL shared task.