Paper: Locating Noun Phrases with Finite State Transducers

ACL ID P98-2198
Title Locating Noun Phrases with Finite State Transducers
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1998

We present a method for constructing, main- taining and consulting a database of proper nouns. We describe noun phrases composed of a proper noun and/or a description of a hu- man occupation. They are formalized by finite state transducers (FST) and large coverage dic- tionaries and are applied to a corpus of news- papers. We take into account synonymy and hyperonymy. This first stage of our parsing pro- cedure has a high degree of accuracy. We show how we can handle requests such as: 'Find all newspaper articles in a general corpus mention- ing the French prime minister', or 'How is Mr. X referred to in the corpus; what have been his dif- ferent occupations through out the period over which our corpus extends'? In the first case, non trivial occurrences of noun phrases are located, that i...