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Title: Deterministic shift-reduce parsing for unification-based grammars
Author: Takashi Ninomiya
Institution: Ehime University
Author: Takuya Matsuzaki
Institution: University of Tokyo
Author: Nobuyuki Shimizu
Institution: University of Tokyo
Author: Hiroshi Nakagawa
Institution: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics
Abstract: Many parsing techniques assume the use of a packed parse forest to enable efficient and accurate parsing. However, they suffer from an inherent problem that derives from the restriction of locality in the packed parse forest. Deterministic parsing is one solution that can achieve simple and fast parsing without the mechanisms of the packed parse forest by accurately choosing search paths. We propose new deterministic shift-reduce parsing and its variants for unification-based grammars. Deterministic parsing cannot simply be applied to unification-based grammar parsing, which often fails because of its hard constraints. Therefore, this is developed by using default unification, which almost always succeeds in unification by overwriting inconsistent constraints in grammars.

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