Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

Corpus-Based Methods and Hand-Built Methods

Richard Sproat

AT&T Labs - Research, Florham Park, NJ, USA

Recent success of statistical corpus-based methods in a variety of areas of speech and language processing has led to the widespread view that traditional hand-built "rule-based" approaches are moribund. This is a misconception. As I shall argue in this talk, it is unlikely that rule-based approaches will ever be eliminated. Two examples are given to support this conclusion; one where the linguistic facts, though highly complex are basically quite regular; and another where the linguistic fact is exceedingly simple (hence hardly worth the effort of inferring from data), but where adding in this information can improve the output of a statistical model.


Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Sproat, Richard (2000): "Corpus-based methods and hand-built methods", In ICSLP-2000, vol.3, 426-428.