Paper: Cross Linguistic Name Matching In English And Arabic

ACL ID N06-1060
Title Cross Linguistic Name Matching In English And Arabic
Venue Human Language Technologies
Session Main Conference
Year 2006
Authors

This paper presents a solution to the prob- lem of matching personal names in Eng- lish to the same names represented in Arabic script. Standard string comparison measures perform poorly on this task due to varying transliteration conventions in both languages and the fact that Arabic script does not usually represent short vowels. Significant improvement is achieved by augmenting the classic Levenshtein edit-distance algorithm with character equivalency classes.