Inference for PCFGs and Adaptor Grammars
published: Jan. 19, 2010, recorded: December 2009, views: 4915
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This talk describes the procedures we've developed for adaptor grammar inference. Adaptor grammars are a non-parametric extension to PCFGs that can be used to describe a variety of phonological and morphological language learning tasks. We start by reviewing an MCMC sampler for Probabilistic Context-Free Grammars that serves as the basis for adaptor grammar inference, and then explain how samples from a PCFG whose rules depend on the other sampled trees can be used as a proposal distribution in an MCMC procedure for estimating adaptor grammars. Finally we describe several optimizations that dramatically speed inference of complex adaptor grammars.
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