Paper: Relative Compositionality of Multi-word Expressions: A Study of Verb-Noun (V-N) Collocations

ACL ID I05-1049
Title Relative Compositionality of Multi-word Expressions: A Study of Verb-Noun (V-N) Collocations
Venue International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2005
Authors

Recognition of Multi-word Expressions (MWEs) and their relative compositionality are crucial to Natural Language Processing. Various statistical techniques have been proposed to recognize MWEs. In this paper, we integrate all the existing statistical features and in- vestigate a range of classifiers for their suitability for recognizing the non-compositional Verb-Noun (V-N) collocations. In the task of ranking the V-N collocations based on their relative compositionality, we show that the correlation between the ranks computed by the classifier and hu- man ranking is significantly better than the correlation between ranking of individual features and human ranking. We also show that the prop- erties ‘Distributed frequency of object’ (as defined in [27]) and ‘Nearest Mutual Informati...