Pronominal anaphora resolution in KANTOO English-to-Spanish machine translation system

Teruko Mitamura, Eric Nyberg, Enrique Torrejon, David Svoboda, Kathryn Baker


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We describe the automatic resolution of pronominal anaphora using KANT Controlled English (KCE) and the KANTOO English-to-Spanish MT system. Our algorithm is based on a robust, syntax-based approach that applies a set of restrictions and preferences to select the correct antecedent. We report a success rate of 89.6% on a training corpus with 289 anaphors, and 87.5% on held-out data containing 145 anaphors. Resolution of anaphors is important in translation, due to gender mismatches among languages; our approach translates anaphors to Spanish with 97.2% accuracy.
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2001.mtsummit-papers.43
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Proceedings of Machine Translation Summit VIII
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September 18-22
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2001
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Teruko Mitamura, Eric Nyberg, Enrique Torrejon, David Svoboda, and Kathryn Baker. 2001. Pronominal anaphora resolution in KANTOO English-to-Spanish machine translation system. In Proceedings of Machine Translation Summit VIII, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
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