Paper: Word Association Norms Mutual Information And Lexicography

ACL ID P89-1010
Title Word Association Norms Mutual Information And Lexicography
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1989

The term word assaciation is used in a very particular sense in the psycholinguistic literature. (Generally speaking, subjects respond quicker than normal to the word "nurse" if it follows a highly associated word such as "doctor"). We wilt extend the term to provide the basis for a statistical description of a variety of interesting linguistic phenomena, ranging from semantic relations of the doctor/nurse type (content word/content word) to lexico-syntactic co-occurrence constraints between verbs and prepositions (content word/function word). This paper will propose a new objective measure based on the information theoretic notion of mutual information, for estimating word association norms from computer readable corpora. (The standard method of obtaining word association norms, testing a...