EM Can Find Pretty Good HMM POS-Taggers (When Given a Good Start)

@inproceedings{Goldberg2008EMCF,
  title={EM Can Find Pretty Good HMM POS-Taggers (When Given a Good Start)},
  author={Yoav Goldberg and Meni Adler and Michael Elhadad},
  booktitle={ACL},
  year={2008}
}
We address the task of unsupervised POS tagging. We demonstrate that good results can be obtained using the robust EM-HMM learner when provided with good initial conditions, even with incomplete dictionaries. We present a family of algorithms to compute effective initial estimations p(tjw). We test the method on the task of full morphological disambiguation in Hebrew achieving an error reduction of 25% over a strong uniform distribution baseline. We also test the same method on the standard WSJ… CONTINUE READING

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