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What's in a Name?

Stasinos Konstantopoulos
Arxiv ID: 710.1481Last updated: 10/9/2007
This paper describes experiments on identifying the language of a single name in isolation or in a document written in a different language. A new corpus has been compiled and made available, matching names against languages. This corpus is used in a series of experiments measuring the performance of general language models and names-only language models on the language identification task. Conclusions are drawn from the comparison between using general language models and names-only language models and between identifying the language of isolated names and the language of very short document fragments. Future research directions are outlined.

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