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Influence of Text Type and Text Length on Anaphoric Annotation

TitleInfluence of Text Type and Text Length on Anaphoric Annotation
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsGoecke D, Stührenberg M, Witt A
Conference NameLanguage Resources and Evaluation (LREC)
Conference LocationMarrakech, Morocco

We report the results of a study that investigates the agreement of anaphoric annotations. The study focuses on the influence of the factors text length and text type on a corpus of scientific articles and newspaper texts. In order to measure inter-annotator agreement we compare existing approaches and we propose to measure each step of the annotation process separately instead of measuring the resulting anaphoric relations only. A total amount of 3642 anaphoric relations has been annotated for a corpus of 53038 tokens (12327 markables). The results of the study show that text type has more influence on inter-annotator agreement than text length. Furthermore, the definition of well-defined annotation instructions and coder training is a crucial point in order to receive good annotation results.