Paper: Exceptionality And Natural Language Learning

ACL ID W03-0409
Title Exceptionality And Natural Language Learning
Venue International Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning
Session Main Conference
Year 2003

Previous work has argued that memory-based learning is better than abstraction-based learn- ing for a set of language learning tasks. In this paper, we first attempt to generalize these re- sults to a new set of language learning tasks from the area of spoken dialog systems and to a different abstraction-based learner. We then examine the utility of various exceptionality measures for predicting where one learner is better than the other. Our results show that generalization of previous results to our tasks is not so obvious and some of the exceptional- ity measures may be used to characterize the performance of our learners.