Mao-Chang Ku


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CxLM: A Construction and Context-aware Language Model
Yu-Hsiang Tseng | Cing-Fang Shih | Pin-Er Chen | Hsin-Yu Chou | Mao-Chang Ku | Shu-Kai Hsieh
Proceedings of the Thirteenth Language Resources and Evaluation Conference

Constructions are direct form-meaning pairs with possible schematic slots. These slots are simultaneously constrained by the embedded construction itself and the sentential context. We propose that the constraint could be described by a conditional probability distribution. However, as this conditional probability is inevitably complex, we utilize language models to capture this distribution. Therefore, we build CxLM, a deep learning-based masked language model explicitly tuned to constructions’ schematic slots. We first compile a construction dataset consisting of over ten thousand constructions in Taiwan Mandarin. Next, an experiment is conducted on the dataset to examine to what extent a pretrained masked language model is aware of the constructions. We then fine-tune the model specifically to perform a cloze task on the opening slots. We find that the fine-tuned model predicts masked slots more accurately than baselines and generates both structurally and semantically plausible word samples. Finally, we release CxLM and its dataset as publicly available resources and hope to serve as new quantitative tools in studying construction grammar.


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Keyword-centered Collocating Topic Analysis
Yu-Lin Chang | Yongfu Liao | Po-Ya Angela Wang | Mao-Chang Ku | Shu-Kai Hsieh
Proceedings of the 33rd Conference on Computational Linguistics and Speech Processing (ROCLING 2021)

The rapid flow of information and the abundance of text data on the Internet have brought about the urgent demand for the construction of monitoring resources and techniques used for various purposes. To extract facets of information useful for particular domains from such large and dynamically growing corpora requires an unsupervised yet transparent ways of analyzing the textual data. This paper proposed a hybrid collocation analysis as a potential method to retrieve and summarize Taiwan-related topics posted on Weibo and PTT. By grouping collocates of 臺灣 ‘Taiwan’ into clusters of topics via either word embeddings clustering or Latent Dirichlet allocation, lists of collocates can be converted to probability distributions such that distances and similarities can be defined and computed. With this method, we conduct a diachronic analysis of the similarity between Weibo and PTT, providing a way to pinpoint when and how the topic similarity between the two rises or falls. A fine-grained view on the grammatical behavior and political implications is attempted, too. This study thus sheds light on alternative explainable routes for future social media listening method on the understanding of cross-strait relationship.


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From Sense to Action: A Word-Action Disambiguation Task in NLP
Shu-Kai Hsieh | Yu-Hsiang Tseng | Chiung-Yu Chiang | Richard Lian | Yong-fu Liao | Mao-Chang Ku | Ching-Fang Shih
Proceedings of the 34th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation

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Lectal Variation of the Two Chinese Causative Auxiliaries
Cing-Fang Shih | Mao-Chang Ku | Shu-Kai Hsieh
Proceedings of the 32nd Conference on Computational Linguistics and Speech Processing (ROCLING 2020)