Paper: Learning Noun Phrase Query Segmentation

ACL ID D07-1086
Title Learning Noun Phrase Query Segmentation
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2007

Query segmentation is the process of tak- ing a user’s search-engine query and di- viding the tokens into individual phrases or semantic units. Identi cation of these query segments can potentially improve both document-retrieval precision, by rst returning pages which contain the exact query segments, and document-retrieval re- call, by allowing query expansion or substi- tution via the segmented units. We train and evaluate a machine-learned query segmenta- tion system that achieves 86% segmentation- decision accuracy on a gold standard set of segmented noun phrase queries, well above recently published approaches. Key en- ablers of this high performance are features derived from previous natural language pro- cessing work in noun compound bracketing. For example, token association fea...