Paper: Introduction To The CoNLL-2003 Shared Task: Language-Independent Named Entity Recognition

ACL ID W03-0419
Title Introduction To The CoNLL-2003 Shared Task: Language-Independent Named Entity Recognition
Venue International Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning
Session Main Conference
Year 2003
Authors

We give background information on the data sets (English and German) and the evaluation method, present a general overview of the systems that have taken part in the task and discuss their performance. mance. 1 Introduction Named entities are phrases that contain the names of persons, organizations and locations. Example: [ORG U.N. ] official [PER Ekeus ] heads for [LOC Baghdad ]. This sentence contains three named entities: Ekeus is a person, U.N. is a organization and Baghdad is a location. Named entity recognition is an important task of information extraction systems. There has been a lot of work on named entity recognition, especially for English (see Borthwick (1999) for an overview). The Message Understanding Conferences (MUC) have offered developers the opportunity to evaluate syst...