Paper: Reinforcing English Countability Prediction With One Countability Per Discourse Property

ACL ID P06-2077
Title Reinforcing English Countability Prediction With One Countability Per Discourse Property
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Poster Session
Year 2006
Authors

Countability of English nouns is impor- tant in various natural language process- ing tasks. It especially plays an important role in machine translation since it deter- mines the range of possible determiners. This paper proposes a method for reinforc- ing countability prediction by introducing a novel concept called one countability per discourse. It claims that when a noun appears more than once in a discourse, they will all share the same countability in the discourse. The basic idea of the pro- posed method is that mispredictions can be correctly overridden using ef ciently the one countability per discourse prop- erty. Experiments show that the proposed method successfully reinforces countabil- ity prediction and outperforms other meth- ods used for comparison.