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Analysis of functional similarities of Finnish verbs using the self-organizing map

TitleAnalysis of functional similarities of Finnish verbs using the self-organizing map
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsLagus, K, Airola, A
Conference NameESSLLI'2001
Abstract

Obtaining semantic or functional word categories from data in an unsupervised manner is a problem motivated both from the linguistic point of view and from that of construing language models for various language processing tasks. In this work, we use the Self-Organizing Map algorithm to visualize and cluster common Finnish verbs based on their immediate morphological contexts. Based on a data set of over 500,000 utterances of 25 verbs, we studied (1) the base forms and (2) the most common word forms of the same verbs (4764 forms). The results show that even the simple feature selection used in this experiment was found to be suitable for rough automatic categorization of verbs on the basis of data extracted from unrestricted texts. In particular, the automatically obtained organization resembles the semantic classification of verbs designed by a linguist. 1

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