Orthographic Case Restoration Using Supervised Learning Without Manual Annotation

Cheng Niu, Wei Li, Jihong Ding, and Rohini K. Srihari

One challenge in text processing is the treatment of case insensitive documents such as speech recognition results. The traditional approach is to re-train a language model excluding case-related features. This paper presents an alternative two-step approach whereby a preprocessing module (Step 1) is designed to restore case-sensitive form to feed the core system (Step 2). Step 1 is implemented as a Hidden Markov Model trained on a large raw corpus of case sensitive documents. It is demonstrated that this approach (i) outperforms the feature exclusion approach for Named Entity tagging, (ii) leads to limited degradation for semantic parsing and relationship extraction, (iii) reduces system complexity, and (iv) has wide applicability: the restored text can feed both statistical model and rule-based systems.

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