Extracting parallel phrases from comparable data

Sanjika Hewavitharana, Stephan Vogel

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Mining parallel data from comparable corpora is a promising approach for overcoming the data sparseness in statistical machine translation and other NLP applications. Even if two comparable documents have few or no parallel sentence pairs, there is still potential for parallelism in the sub-sentential level. The ability to detect these phrases creates a valuable resource, especially for low-resource languages. In this chapter we explore three phrase alignment approaches to detect parallel phrase pairs embedded in comparable sentences: the standard phrase extraction algorithm, which relies on the Viterbi path; a phrase extraction approach that does not rely on the Viterbi path of word alignments, but uses only lexical features; and a binary classifier that detects parallel phrase pairs when presented with a large collection of phrase pair candidates. We evaluate the effectiveness of these approaches in detecting alignments for phrase pairs that have a known alignment in comparable sentence pairs. The results showthat the non-Viterbi alignment approach outperforms the other two approaches in terms of F-measure.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding and Using Comparable Corpora
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783642201288, 9783642201271
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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Hewavitharana, S., & Vogel, S. (2013). Extracting parallel phrases from comparable data. In Building and Using Comparable Corpora (pp. 191-204). Springer Berlin Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-20128-8_10