Automatic Romanization of Arabic Bibliographic Records

Fadhl Eryani, Nizar Habash


Abstract
International library standards require cataloguers to tediously input Romanization of their catalogue records for the benefit of library users without specific language expertise. In this paper, we present the first reported results on the task of automatic Romanization of undiacritized Arabic bibliographic entries. This complex task requires the modeling of Arabic phonology, morphology, and even semantics. We collected a 2.5M word corpus of parallel Arabic and Romanized bibliographic entries, and benchmarked a number of models that vary in terms of complexity and resource dependence. Our best system reaches 89.3% exact word Romanization on a blind test set. We make our data and code publicly available.
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2021.wanlp-1.23
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Proceedings of the Sixth Arabic Natural Language Processing Workshop
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April
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2021
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Kyiv, Ukraine (Virtual)
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EACL | WANLP
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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Pages:
213–218
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https://aclanthology.org/2021.wanlp-1.23
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Fadhl Eryani and Nizar Habash. 2021. Automatic Romanization of Arabic Bibliographic Records. In Proceedings of the Sixth Arabic Natural Language Processing Workshop, pages 213–218, Kyiv, Ukraine (Virtual). Association for Computational Linguistics.
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Automatic Romanization of Arabic Bibliographic Records (Eryani & Habash, WANLP 2021)
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https://aclanthology.org/2021.wanlp-1.23.pdf
Code
 CAMeL-Lab/Arabic_ALA-LC_Romanization