Paper: Text simplification using synchronous dependency grammars: Generalising automatically harvested rules

ACL ID W14-4404
Title Text simplification using synchronous dependency grammars: Generalising automatically harvested rules
Venue International Conference on Natural Language Generation
Session Main Conference
Year 2014
Authors

We present an approach to text simplifi- cation based on synchronous dependency grammars. Our main contributions in this work are (a) a study of how automatically derived lexical simplification rules can be generalised to enable their application in new contexts without introducing errors, and (b) an evaluation of our hybrid sys- tem that combines a large set of automat- ically acquired rules with a small set of hand-crafted rules for common syntactic simplification. Our evaluation shows sig- nificant improvements over the state of the art, with scores comparable to human sim- plifications.