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Ever since the landmark paper Ramshaw and Marcus (1995), machine learning systems have been used successfully for identifying base phrases (chunks), the bottom constituents of a parse tree. We expand a state-of-the-art chunking algorithm to a bottom-up parser by recursively applying the chunker to its own output. After testing different training configurations we obtain a reasonable parser which is tested against a standard data set. Its performance falls behind that of current state-of-the-art parsers. We give some suggestions for modifications of the parser which may lead to future performance improvements.

Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands 2000

Selected Papers from the Eleventh CLIN Meeting

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