Structure and Performance of a Dependency Language Model


Chelba, C., Engle, D., Printz, H., Jelinek, F., Ristad, E., Jimenez, V., … & Wu, D. (1997). Structure and performance of a dependency language model. SRI INTERNATIONAL MENLO PARK CA SPEECH TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH LAB.


We present a maximum entropy language model that incorporates both syntax and semantics via a dependency grammar. Such a grammar expresses the relations between words by a directed graph. Because the edges of this graph may connect words that are arbitrarily far apart in a sentence, this technique can incorporate the predictive power of words that lie outside of bigram or trigram range. We have built several simple dependency models, as we call them, and tested them in a speech recognition experiment. We report experimental results for these models here, including one that has a small but statistically significant advantage (p < .02) over a bigram language model.

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