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IJCNLP 2011
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An Effective and Robust Framework for Transliteration Exploration

Abstract

Transliteration is the process of proper name translation based on pronunciation. It is an important process in many multilingual natural language tasks. A common and essential component of transliteration approaches is a verification mechanism that tests if the two names in different languages are translations of each other. Although many transliteration systems have verification as a component, verification as a stand-alone problem is relatively new. In this paper, we propose a simple, effective and robust training framework for the task of verification. We show the many applications of the verification techniques. Our proposed method can operate on both phonemic and orthographic inputs. Our best results show that a simple, straightforward orthographic representation is sufficient and no complex training method is needed. It is effective because it achieves remarkable accuracies. It is robust because it is language-independent. We show that on Chinese and Korean our technique achieves equal error rate well below 1% and around 1% for Japanese using 2009 and 2010 NEWS transliteration generation share task dataset. Our results also show that the orthographic system outperforms the phonemic system. This is especially encouraging because the orthographic inputs are easier to generate and secondly, one does not need to resort to more complex training algorithm to achieve excellent results. This approach is integrated for proper name based cross lingual information retrieval without translation.

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08 Nov 2011

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IJCNLP 2011

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