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A 2D CRF Model for Sentence Alignment

  • Xu, Yong
  • Yvon, François
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2016
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The identification of parallel segments in parallel or comparable corpora can be performed at various levels. Alignments at the sentence level are useful for many downstream tasks, and also simplify the identification of finer grain correspondences. Most state-of-the-art sentence aligners are unsupervised, and attempt to infer endogenous alignment clues based on the analysis of the sole bitext. The computation of alignments typically relies on multiple simplifying assumptions, so that efficient dynamic programming techniques can be used. Because of these assumptions, high-precision sentence alignment remains difficult for certain types of corpora, in particular for literary texts. In this paper, we propose to learn a supervised alignment model, which represents the alignment matrix as two-dimensional Conditional Random Fields (2D CRF), converting sentence alignment into a structured prediction problem. This formalism enables us to take advantage of a rich set of overlapping features. Furthermore, it also allows us to relax some assumptions in decoding.

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