Paper: A Procedure for Multi-Class Discrimination and some Linguistic Applications

ACL ID P98-2170
Title A Procedure for Multi-Class Discrimination and some Linguistic Applications
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1998
Authors

The paper describes a novel computa- tional tool for multiple concept learn- ing. Unlike previous approaches, whose major goal is prediction on unseen in- stances rather than the legibility of the output, our MPD (Maximally Parsimo- nious Discrimination) program empha- sizes the conciseness and intelligibility of the resultant class descriptions, using three intuitive simplicity criteria to this end. We illustrate MPD with applica- tions in componential analysis (in lexicol- ogy and phonology), language typology, and speech pathology.