Named Entity Recognition in Tweets: An Experimental Study

Abstract

People tweet more than 100 Million times daily, yielding a noisy, informal, but sometimes informative corpus of 140-character messages that mirrors the zeitgeist in an unprecedented manner. The performance of standard NLP tools is severely degraded on tweets. This paper addresses this issue by re-building the NLP pipeline beginning with part-of-speech tagging, through chunking, to named-entity recognition. Our novel T-NER system doubles F1 score compared with the Stanford NER system. T-NER leverages the redundancy inherent in tweets to achieve this performance, using LabeledLDA to exploit Freebase dictionaries as a source of distant supervision. LabeledLDA outperforms cotraining, increasing F1 by 25% over ten common entity types. Our NLP tools are available at: http:// github.com/aritter/twitter_nlp

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@inproceedings{Ritter2011NamedER, title={Named Entity Recognition in Tweets: An Experimental Study}, author={Alan Ritter and Sam Clark and Mausam and Oren Etzioni}, booktitle={EMNLP}, year={2011} }