A Syllable-based Technique for Word Embeddings of Korean Words


Word embedding has become a fundamental component to many NLP tasks such as named entity recognition and machine translation. However, popular models that learn such embeddings are unaware of the morphology of words, so it is not directly applicable to highly agglutinative languages such as Korean. We propose a syllable-based learning model for Korean using a convolutional neural network, in which word representation is composed of trained syllable vectors. Our model successfully produces morphologically meaningful representation of Korean words compared to the original Skip-gram embeddings. The results also show that it is quite robust to the Out-of-Vocabulary problem.

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@inproceedings{Choi2017AST, title={A Syllable-based Technique for Word Embeddings of Korean Words}, author={Sanghyuk Choi and Taeuk Kim and Jinseok Seol and Sang-goo Lee}, booktitle={SWCN@EMNLP}, year={2017} }