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1 School of something FACULTY OF OTHER School of Computing FACULTY OF ENGINEERING Parsing: computing the grammatical structure of English sentences COMP3310 Natural Language Processing Eric Atwell, Language Research Group (with thanks to Katja Markert, Marti Hearst, and other contributors)

2 Reminder: Outline for Grammar/Parsing Context-Free Grammars and Constituency Some common CFG phenomena for English Sentence-level constructions NP, PP, VP Coordination Subcategorization Top-down and Bottom-up Parsing Chart Parsing

3 CFG example S -> NP VP NP -> Det NOMINAL NOMINAL -> Noun VP -> Verb Det -> a Noun -> flight Verb -> left Alternatively… S -> NP VP NP -> A N VP -> V A -> a N -> flight V -> left

4 Derivations A derivation is a sequence of rules applied to a string that accounts for that string Covers all the elements in the string Covers only the elements in the string

5 Bracketed Notation [ S [ NP [ PRO I]] [ VP [ V prefer] [ NP [ Det a] [ Nom [ N morning] [ N flight] ] ] ] ] S NPVP NP VerbPro Nom DetNoun Iprefermorningaflight

6 CFGs: a summary CFGs appear to be just about what we need to account for a lot of basic syntactic structure in English. But there are problems That can be dealt with adequately, although not elegantly, by staying within the CFG framework. There are simpler, more elegant, solutions that take us out of the CFG framework (beyond its formal power). Syntactic theories: TG, HPSG, LFG, GPSG, etc.

7 Other syntactic stuff Grammatical relations or functions Subject I booked a flight to New York The flight was booked by my agent Object I booked a flight to New York Complement I said that I wanted to leave

8 Dependency parsing Word to word links instead of constituency Based on the European rather than American traditions But dates back to ancient Greek and Arab scholars Eg see Quranic Arabic CorpusQuranic Arabic Corpus The original notions of Subject, Object and the progenitor of subcategorization (called valence) came out of Dependency theory. Dependency parsing is quite popular as a computational model since relationships between words are quite useful

9 Dependency parsing Bills on ports and immigration were submitted by Senator Brownback NP S NNP PP IN VP VBN VBD NN CC NNS NPIN NP PP NNS submitted Bills were Brownback Senator nsubjpass auxpass agent nn prep_on ports immigration conj_and Parse tree: Nesting of multi-word constituents Typed dep parse: Grammatical relations between individual words

10 Why are dependency parses useful? Example: multi-document summarization Need to identify sentences from different documents that each say roughly the same thing: phrase structure trees of paraphrasing sentences which differ in word order can be significantly different but dependency representations will be very similar

11 Parsing Parsing: assigning correct trees to input strings Correct tree: a tree that covers all and only the elements of the input and has an S at the top For now: enumerate all possible trees A further task: disambiguation: means choosing the correct tree from among all the possible trees.

12 Treebanks Parsed corpora in the form of trees The Penn Treebank The Brown corpus The WSJ corpus Tgrep Tregex

13 Parsing involves search As with everything of interest, parsing involves a search which involves the making of choices Well start with some basic (meaning bad) methods before moving on to the one or two that you need to know

14 For Now Assume… You have all the words already in some buffer The input isnt pos tagged We wont worry about morphological analysis All the words are known

15 Top-Down Parsing Since were trying to find trees rooted with an S (Sentences) start with the rules that give us an S. Then work your way down from there to the words.

16 Top Down Space S NPVP S S NP VP Aux NPVP S NPVP S NPVP Aux S VPNP Aux S NP VP S S

17 Bottom-Up Parsing Of course, we also want trees that cover the input words. So start with trees that link up with the words in the right way. Then work your way up from there.

18 Bottom-Up Space thatflightBook flight thatBookflightthatBook flightthatBook flightthatBook flightthatBookflightthatBook

19 Control Of course, in both cases we left out how to keep track of the search space and how to make choices Which node to try to expand next Which grammar rule to use to expand a node

20 Top-Down, Depth-First, Left-to-Right Search

21 Example

22 [flight]

23 Example flight

24 Top-Down and Bottom-Up Top-down Only searches for trees that can be answers (i.e. Ss) But also suggests trees that are not consistent with the words Bottom-up Only forms trees consistent with the words Suggest trees that make no sense globally

25 So Combine Them There are a million ways to combine top-down expectations with bottom-up data to get more efficient searches Most use one kind as the control and the other as a filter As in top-down parsing with bottom-up filtering

26 Adding Bottom-Up Filtering

27 3 problems with TDDFLtR Parser Left-Recursion Ambiguity Inefficient reparsing of subtrees

28 Left-Recursion What happens in the following situation S -> NP VP S -> Aux NP VP NP -> NP PP NP -> Det Nominal … With the sentence starting with Did the flight…

29 Ambiguity One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I dont know. Groucho Marx

30 Lots of ambiguity VP -> VP PP NP -> NP PP Show me the meal on flight 286 from SF to Denver 14 parses!

31 Lots of ambiguity Church and Patil (1982) Number of parses for such sentences grows at rate of number of parenthesizations of arithmetic expressions Which grow with Catalan numbers PPs Parses

32 Chart Parser: Avoiding Repeated Work Parsing is hard, and slow. Its wasteful to redo stuff over and over and over. A CHART PARSER maintains a CHART – a table of partial parses found so far, to re-use if required. Consider an attempt to top-down parse the following as an NP: A flight from Indianapolis to Houston on TWA

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36 Grammars and Parsing Context-Free Grammars and Constituency Some common CFG phenomena for English Basic parsers: Top-down and Bottom-up Parsing Chart Parser – keep a CHART of partial parses


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