The latent words language model

  title={The latent words language model},
  author={Koen Deschacht and Jan De Belder and Marie-Francine Moens},
  journal={Computer Speech & Language},
Statistical language models have found many applications in information retrieval since their introduction almost three decades ago. Currently the most popular models are n-gram models, which are known to suffer from serious sparseness issues, which is a result of the large vocabulary size |V | of any given corpus and of the exponential nature of n-grams, where potentially |V | n-grams can occur in a corpus. Even when many n-grams in fact never occur due to grammatical and semantic restrictions… CONTINUE READING
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