Paper: A Knowledge-Free Method For Capitalized Word Disambiguation

ACL ID P99-1021
Title A Knowledge-Free Method For Capitalized Word Disambiguation
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1999
Authors

In this paper we present an approach to the dis- ambiguation of capitalized words when they are used in the positions where capitalization is ex- pected, such as the first word in a sentence or after a period, quotes, etc.. Such words can act as proper names or can be just capitalized vari- ants of common words. The main feature of our approach is that it uses a minimum of pre- built resources and tries to dynamically infer the disambiguation clues from the entire docu- ment. The approach was thoroughly tested and achieved about 98.5% accuracy on unseen texts from The New York Times 1996 corpus.