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This paper presents novel methods for generative, discriminative, and hybrid sequence classification for segmentation of Turkish word sequences into sentences. In the literature, this task is generally solved using statistical models that take advantage of lexical information among others. However, Turkish has a productive morphology that generates a very large vocabulary, making the task much harder. In this paper, we introduce a new set of morphological features, extracted from words and their morphological analyses. We also extend the established method of hidden event language modeling (HELM) to factored hidden event language modeling (fHELM) to handle morphological information. In order to capture non-lexical information, we extract a set of prosodic features, which are mainly motivated from our previous work for other languages. We then employ discriminative classification techniques, boosting and conditional random fields (CRFs), combined with fHELM, for the task of Turkish sentence segmentation.
Audio, Speech, and Language Processing, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:17 , Issue: 5 )
Date of Publication: July 2009