[Corpora-List] Metrics for corpus "parseability"

Miles Osborne miles at inf.ed.ac.uk
Tue Feb 5 09:28:19 CET 2008

Actually, I think you have misunderstood what I said: this truly is about the data and not about "algorithms". What I said was that you need to be able to understand about the hardness of the sentences themselves, without reference to the parser etc. Read that sample paper and you will know what I mean.


On 05/02/2008, Adam Kilgarriff <adam at lexmasterclass.com> wrote:
> On 04/02/2008, Miles Osborne <miles at inf.ed.ac.uk> wrote:
> >
> > I must confess, the idea that a corpus can be described in terms of
> > "parseability" sounds a little ill-founded to me. The choice of particular
> > parsing algorithm may dictate which examples are hard to process, as will
> > the underlying grammar etc etc.
> I couldn't disagree more. It's the equivalent of saying that it's
> ill-founded to evaluate parsers because they will always perform differently
> on different corpora. It just goes to show that you're interested in
> algorithms not data. The field is way imbalanced by people who think more
> about algorithms than the corpora they apply them to.
> Adam
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