Data-driven part-of-speech tagging of Kiswahili

TitleData-driven part-of-speech tagging of Kiswahili
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsDe Pauw, Guy, de Schryver Gilles-Maurice, and Wagacha Peter W.
BooktitleProceedings of Text, Speech and Dialogue, 9th International Conference
PublisherSpringer Verlag
LocationBerlin, Germany
EditorSojka, P., Kopecek I., and Pala Karel
ISBN Number978-3-540-39090-9

In this paper we present experiments with data-driven part-of-speech taggers trained and evaluated on the annotated Helsinki Corpus of Swahili. Using four of the current state-of-the-art data-driven taggers, TnT, MBT, SVMTool and MXPOST, we observe the latter as being the most accurate tagger for the Kiswahili dataset. We further improve on the performance of the individual taggers by combining them into a committee of taggers. We observe that the more naive combination methods, like the novel plural voting approach, outperform more elaborate schemes like cascaded classifiers and weighted voting. This paper is the first publication to present experiments on data-driven part-of-speech tagging for Kiswahili and Bantu languages in general.

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