Introduction to Chinese Natural Language Processing

Introduction to Chinese Natural Language Processing

Kam-Fai Wong, Wenjie Li, Ruifeng Xu, Zheng-sheng Zhang
ISBN: 9781598299328 | PDF ISBN: 9781598299335
Copyright © 2009 | 148 Pages | Publication Date: 01/01/2009

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This book introduces Chinese language-processing issues and techniques to readers who already have a basic background in natural language processing (NLP). Since the major difference between Chinese and Western languages is at the word level, the book primarily focuses on Chinese morphological analysis and introduces the concept, structure, and interword semantics of Chinese words.

The following topics are covered: a general introduction to Chinese NLP; Chinese characters, morphemes, and words and the characteristics of Chinese words that have to be considered in NLP applications; Chinese word segmentation; unknown word detection; word meaning and Chinese linguistic resources; interword semantics based on word collocation and NLP techniques for collocation extraction.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Words in Chinese
Challenges in Chinese Morphological Processing
Chinese Word Segmentation
Unknown Word Identification
Word Meaning
Chinese Collocations
Automatic Chinese Collocation Extraction
Appendix
References
Author Biographies

About the Author(s)

Kam-Fai Wong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Kam-Fai Wong obtained his Ph.D. from Edinburgh University, Scotland, in 1987. At present, he is a professor in the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) as well as an adjunct professor of Northeastern University and Peking University, China. His research interest centers on Chinese computing, parallel database and information retrieval. He has published over 200 technical papers in these areas in various international journals and conferences and books. He is the founding Editor-In-Chief of ACM Transactions on Asian Language Processing (TALIP), a co-editor-in-chief of International
Journal on Computer Processing of Oriental Languages, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal on Distributed and Parallel Databases, International Journal on Computational Linguistics and Chinese Language Processing and Journal of Chinese Processing (China). He is the conference co-chair of APWeb'08, Shenyang and AIRS'2008, Harbin, China; Program Co-chair of IJCNLP'2005, Jeju, Korea; and panel co-chair of VLDB2002.

Wenjie Li, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Wenjie Li is Assistant Professor in the department of computing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where she has worked since 2001. She received her B.Sc. and M.S. in systems engineering from Tianjing University in 1988 and 1993, respectively, and Ph.D. in information systems from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1997. Her main research interests include information extraction, text summarization, natural language processing, and temporal information processing. She has published more than 100 international journal and major conference papers. Currently, she serves as the associate editor of International Journal of Computer Processing of Languages.

Ruifeng Xu, City University of Hong Kong
Ruifeng Xu is a Research Fellow of Department of Chinese, Translation, and Linguistics at City University of Hong Kong since 2008. He received his B. Eng. from Harbin Institute of Technology and his M. Phil. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His dissertation and postdoctoral work focused on Chinese collocations. Some outputs are integrated in this book. Xu is currently interested in mining knowledge from text, opinion analysis, and information extraction.

Zheng-sheng Zhang, San Diego State University
Zheng-sheng Zhang is Associate Professor of Chinese in the Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle-Eastern Languages at San Diego State University, where he has taught since 1990. He received his B.A. in English language from Capital Normal University in Beijing and M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics from Ohio State University. His research interests include Chinese linguistics (tonal phonology, dialectology, functional grammar/discourse analysis, and Chinese writing system), foreign language pedagogy (and the use of technology for language instruction. His current research investigates the patterns of variation in Chinese speech and writing using corpus and statistical methods. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Chinese Language Teachers' Association.

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