Abbreviation Disambiguation without Traditional NLP Methods

Yaakov HaCohen-Kerner, Ariel Peretz, Ariel Kass (Machon Lev)


In many languages, abbreviations are widely used either in writing or talking. However, abbreviations are likely to be ambiguous. Therefore, there is a need for disambiguation. That is, abbreviations should be expanded correctly. Disambiguation of abbreviations is critical for correct understanding not only for the abbreviations themselves but also for the whole text. Little research has been done concerning disambiguation of abbreviations for documents in English and Latin. Nothing has been done for the Hebrew language. In this ongoing work, we investigate a model, which expands abbreviations contained in Jewish Law Documents written in Hebrew. This model has been implemented in a prototype system. Currently, experimental results show that ambiguous abbreviations are expanded correctly in a rate of about 89%.

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