Publication
ACL 1991
Conference paper

Word-sense disambiguation using statistical methods

Abstract

We describe a statistical technique for assigning senses to words. An instance of a word is assigned a sense by asking a question about the context in which the word appears. The question is constructed to have high mutual information with the translation of that instance in another language. When we incorporated this method of assigning senses into our statistical machine translation system, the error rate of the system decreased by thirteen percent.

Date

18 Jun 1991

Publication

ACL 1991