[Corpora-List] Identifying relevant key-n-grams (in analogy to keywords)

Rodrigo Esteves de Lima Lopes rll307 at unicamp.br
Mon Nov 22 14:45:01 CET 2021

Dear Robert,

You might also have a look at it:

Bondi, Marina & Mike Scott (eds.). 2010. Keyness in Texts. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. 251 pp. ISBN 978-90272-8766-3. <https://journals.openedition.org/asp/4932> All the best, Rodrigo

On Fri, 19 Nov 2021 at 16:13, Robert Fuchs <robert.fuchs.dd at googlemail.com> wrote:

> *Dear all,*
> * We are comparing a reference corpus and a target corpus in order to
> identify keywords and key phrases on a particular topic that is prominent
> in the target purpose but not in the reference corpus. We use log ratio and
> statistical significance in order to identify candidates for keywords,
> i.e. 1-grams, and then go through the rest manually in order to identify
> those that are relevant to the topic at hand (e.g. unemployment and labour
> relations). We remove items that are not relevant, for example if there was
> a random event like a particular sports tournament during the period of the
> target corpus. In addition, we are looking at n-grams with n greater 1 and
> and we're not sure how to decide which n-grams are relevant. For example,
> “unemployment causes poverty” is certainly relevant. On the other hand,
> “unemployment is” or “the unemployed are” or “unemployment causes” are not
> relevant. I would be interested in hearing about any established practices
> about how to distinguish relevant from non-relevant n-grams, or more
> generally any thoughts on how this can be done in a principled way other
> than making ad hoc decisions. A solution we have considered so far is to
> exclude n-grams that only consist of function words in addition to a single
> content word that we already identified as a relevant keyword/1-gram. Other
> than this simple solution, we were wondering if there are more advanced
> approaches to this problem. Thanks and best Robert *
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