Date of Original Version

7-2011

Type

Conference Proceeding

Journal Title

Proceedings of the EMNLP Workshop on Unsupervised Learning in NLP (UNSUP)

First Page

64

Last Page

71

Rights Management

Copyright 2011 ACM

Abstract or Description

In this paper, we give a treatment to the problem of bilingual part-of-speech induction with parallel data. We demonstrate that na¨ıve optimization of log-likelihood with joint MRFs suffers from a severe problem of local maxima, and suggest an alternative – using contrastive estimation for estimation of the parameters. Our experiments show that estimating the parameters this way, using overlapping features with joint MRFs performs better than previous work on the 1984 dataset.

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Proceedings of the EMNLP Workshop on Unsupervised Learning in NLP (UNSUP), 64-71.