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Investigating different graph representations of semantics
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Computing Science. (Foundations of Language Processing)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8722-5661
2016 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Combinatory Categorial Grammar is a generic approach to the mechanical understanding of language, where movement is minimised in favour of using combinators such as B (composition) and T (type lifting) to clearly define in which ways various constituents can refer to each other. Taking the tree languages induced by the syntactic derivations and connecting the various leaves linked through the semantics, one ends up with a class of graph languages. The present work aims to point out promising avenues of research in order to investigate this class, specifically in terms of similarities with other graph-based semantic representations, such as Abstract Meaning Representations (AMR), and furthermore what graph generating or recognising formalism would be most suitable to define the class characteristics.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
National Category
Computer Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-134998OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-134998DiVA: diva2:1095705
Conference
Sixth Swedish Language Technology Conference (SLTC), Umeå University, 17-18 November, 2016
Available from: 2017-05-15 Created: 2017-05-15 Last updated: 2017-05-17Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Complexity and expressiveness for formal structures in Natural Language Processing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Complexity and expressiveness for formal structures in Natural Language Processing
2017 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The formalized and algorithmic study of human language within the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP) has motivated much theoretical work in the related field of formal languages, in particular the subfields of grammar and automata theory. Motivated and informed by NLP, the papers in this thesis explore the connections between expressibility – that is, the ability for a formal system to define complex sets of objects – and algorithmic complexity – that is, the varying amount of effort required to analyse and utilise such systems. Our research studies formal systems working not just on strings, but on more complex structures such as trees and graphs, in particular syntax trees and semantic graphs. The field of mildly context-sensitive languages concerns attempts to find a useful class of formal languages between the context-free and context-sensitive. We study formalisms defining two candidates for this class; tree-adjoining languages and the languages defined by linear context-free rewriting systems. For the former, we specifically investigate the tree languages, and define a subclass and tree automaton with linear parsing complexity. For the latter, we use the framework of parameterized complexity theory to investigate more deeply the related parsing problems, as well as the connections between various formalisms defining the class. The field of semantic modelling aims towards formally and accurately modelling not only the syntax of natural language statements, but also the meaning. In particular, recent work in semantic graphs motivates our study of graph grammars and graph parsing. To the best of our knowledge, the formalism presented in Paper III of this thesis is the first graph grammar where the uniform parsing problem has polynomial parsing complexity, even for input graphs of unbounded node degree.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå Universitet, 2017. 18 p.
Series
Report / UMINF, ISSN 0348-0542 ; 17.13
Keyword
graph grammars, formal languages, natural language processing, parameterized complexity, abstract meaning representation, tree automata, deterministic tree-walking transducers, mildly context-sensitive languages, hyperedge replacement, tree adjoining languages, minimally adequate teacher
National Category
Computer Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-135014 (URN)9789176017227 (ISBN)
Presentation
2017-05-19, MA121, MIT-huset 901 87 Umeå, Umeå, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2017-05-17 Created: 2017-05-16 Last updated: 2017-05-18Bibliographically approved

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