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Building Support Tools for Russian-Language Information Extraction

TitleBuilding Support Tools for Russian-Language Information Extraction
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsDu M, von Etter P, Kopotev M, Novikov M, Tarbeeva N, Yangarber R
EditorHabernal I, Matoušek V
Book TitleText, Speech and Dialogue
Series TitleLecture Notes in Computer Science
CityBerlin / Heidelberg
ISBN Number978-3-642-23537-5

There is currently a paucity of publicly available NLP tools to support analysis of Russian-language text. This especially concerns higher-level applications, such as Information Extraction. We present work on tools for information extraction from text in Russian in the domain of on-line news. On the lower level we employ the AOT toolkit for natural language processing, which provides modules for morphological analysis and partial syntactic chunking. Since the outputs of both lower-level modules contain unresolved ambiguity, we synthesize the outputs and pass the result into a pre-existing English-language analysis pipeline. We describe how the information extraction system is adapted for multi-lingual support, including extensions to the ontologies and to the pattern matching mechanism. While this is work in progress, we present an end-to-end pipeline for event extraction from Russian-language news.