Detecting dangerous coordination ambiguities using word distribution

Chantree, Francis; Willis, Alistair; Kilgarriff, Adam and De Roeck, Anne (2007). Detecting dangerous coordination ambiguities using word distribution. In: Nicolov, Nicolas; Bontcheva, Kalina; Anjelova, Galia and Mitkov, Ruslan eds. Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing. Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 4 (292). John Benjamins Publishers, pp. 287–296.




In this paper we present heuristics for resolving coordination ambiguities. We test the hypothesis that the most likely reading of a coordination can be predicted using word distribution information from a generic corpus. Our heuristics are based upon the relative frequency of the coordination in the corpus, the distributional similarity of the coordinated words, and the collocation frequency between the coordinated words and their modifiers. These heuristics have varying but useful predictive power. They also take into account our view that many ambiguities cannot be effectively disambiguated, since human perceptions vary widely.

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