A Distortion Model for Arabic to English Maximum Entropy Word Alignment

In this work, we present a novel distortion model for an Arabic to English maximum entropy word aligner. In constrast to the distortion model of (Ittycheriah and Roukos, 2005), our model is integrated with the observation model allowing the parameters to be estimated jointly. To have more robust estimates, the distortion model is parametrized using linguistically motivated features such as segmentation and WordNet information. The resulting aligner gives significant improvements over a strong baseline on two different data sets. We also present preliminary work on a self-trained alignment model, which improves alignment quality even further.

By: Abhishek Arun; Abraham Ittycheriah

Published in: RC24584 in 2008


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