An unsupervised morpheme-based HMM for Hebrew morphological disambiguation Conference Paper uri icon


  • Abstract Morphological disambiguation is the process of assigning one set of morphological features to each individual word in a text. When the word is ambiguous (there are several possible analyses for the word), a disambiguation procedure based on the word context must be applied. This paper deals with morphological disambiguation of the Hebrew language, which combines morphemes into a word in both agglutinative and fusional ways. We present an un-supervised stochastic model-the only resource we use is a morphological analyzer-which deals with the data sparseness problem caused by the affixational morphology of the Hebrew language. We present a text encoding method for languages with affixational morphology in which the knowledge of word formation rules (which are quite restricted in Hebrew) helps in the disambiguation. We adapt HMM algorithms for learning …

publication date

  • January 1, 2006