Paper: Word-Sense Disambiguation Using Statistical Methods

ACL ID P91-1034
Title Word-Sense Disambiguation Using Statistical Methods
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1991
Authors

We describe a statistical technique for assign- ing senses to words. An instance of a word is as- signed a sense by asking a question about the con- text in which the word appears. The question is constructed to have high mutual information with the translation of that instance in another lan- guage. When we incorporated this method of as- signing senses into our statistical machine transla- tion system, the error rate of the system decreased by thirteen percent.