A Quantitative Evaluation of Word Sketches

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Year of publication 2010
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Proceedings of the XIV Euralex International Congress
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Faculty of Informatics

Web http://nlp.fi.muni.cz/publications/kilgarriff_xkovar3_etal/kilgarriff_xkovar3_etal.pdf
Field Informatics
Keywords word sketches evaluation
Description A word sketch is an automatic corpus-derived summary of a word's grammatical and collocational behaviour. Word sketches were first prepared in 1999 for the compilation of the Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners (Rundell 2002). They have since been integrated into the Sketch Engine corpus query tool (Kilgarriff et al 2004), prepared for fifteen languages, and used on a large scale for lexicography by a number of publishers. How good are they? We are frequently told how impressive they are and how little they miss - but we would like a more rigorous assessment. In this paper we present a formal evaluation for Dutch, English, Japanese and Slovene.
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