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Speeding up Natural Language Parsing by Reusing Partial Results

EasyChair Preprint no. 883

10 pagesDate: April 6, 2019


This paper proposes a novel technique that applies case-based reasoning in order to generate templates for reusable parse tree fragments, based on PoS tags of bigrams and trigrams that demonstrate low variability in their syntactic analyses from prior data. The aim of this approach is to improve the speed of dependency parsers by avoiding redundant calculations. This can be resolved by applying the predefined templates that capture results of previous syntactic analyses and directly assigning the stored structure to a new n-gram that matches one of the templates, instead of parsing a similar text fragment again. The study shows that using an heuristic approach to select and reuse the partial results increases parsing speed by reducing the input length to be processed by a parser. The increase in parsing speed comes at some expense of accuracy. Experiments on English show promising results: the input dimension can be reduced by more than 20% at the cost of less than 3 points of Unlabeled Attachment Score.

Keyphrases: dependency parsing, Parsing Speed, Templates for Syntactic Analyses

BibTeX entry
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  author = {Michalina Strzyz and Carlos Gómez-Rodríguez},
  title = {Speeding up Natural Language Parsing by Reusing Partial Results},
  howpublished = {EasyChair Preprint no. 883},
  doi = {10.29007/8nzh},
  year = {EasyChair, 2019}}
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