Paper: The Computation of Associative Responses to Multiword Stimuli

ACL ID W08-1914
Title The Computation of Associative Responses to Multiword Stimuli
Venue Coling 2008: Proceedings of the workshop on Knowledge and Reasoning for Answering Questions
Session
Year 2008
Authors

It is shown that the behaviour of test per- sons as observed in association experi- ments can be simulated statistically on the basis of the common occurrences of words in large text corpora, thereby ap- plying the law of association by contigu- ity which is well known from psycho- logical learning theory. In particular, the focus of this work is on the prediction of the word associations as obtained from subjects on presentation of multiword stimuli. Results are presented for applica- tions as diverse as crossword puzzle solv- ing and the identification of word transla- tions based on non-parallel texts.