|Title||Unsupervised segmentation of words using prior distributions of morph length and frequency|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2003|
We present a language-independent and unsupervised algorithm for the segmentation of words into morphs. The algorithm is based on a new generative probabilistic model, which makes use of relevant prior information on the length and frequency distributions of morphs in a language. Our algorithm is shown to outperform two competing algorithms, when evaluated on data from a language with agglutinative morphology (Finnish), and to perform well also on English data.