In Ruslan Mitkov's Oxford Handbook of Computational Linguistics (OUP, 2003), you will find a very good glossary, compiled by Patrick Hanks, which defines these terms as follows:
Precision: The number of correct responses divided by the total number of actual responses.
Recall: The number of correct responses divided by the total number of possibly correct responses.
You will find more details on these concepts in the same book, especially in Chapter 22, written by Lynette Hirschman and Inderjeet Mani entitled "Evaluation" (pp. 416-417).
I hope it helps,
Microsoft Natural Language Group
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-----Original Message----- From: corpora-bounces at uib.no [mailto:corpora-bounces at uib.no] On Behalf Of fb27 Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2008 5:56 PM To: corpora at uib.no Subject: [Corpora-List] Precision and Recall
can anyone point me to a reference (possibly classic, or at least well-known)
where I can find definitions of "precision" and "recall" as they are used in
corpus linguistics studies?
Thanks in advance for any leads.
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