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Intelligent Search and Replace for Czech Phrases

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Year of publication 2014
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Eighth Workshop on Recent Advances in Slavonic Natural Language Processing
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Faculty of Informatics

Field Linguistics
Keywords search and replace; detecting phrases; generating phrases; subject-predicative complement
Description This work proposes a new improvement of the ‘Search and Replace’ function well known from most text processing software. The standard search and replace function is used to replace exact form of words or phrases by another words or phrases in text documents. It is quite sufficient for languages with minimal inflection such as English. However, a well working word or phrase replacement function for morphologically rich languages requires much more thought. We explore the issues of implementing a useful search and replace in the Czech language and propose solutions to majority of the problems: A syntactic parser is employed to identify the phrases containing the search word or phrase. The correct word forms used as a replacement are generated by a morphological analyser. A web demonstration utilizing the proposed solution is presented. The attached examples of use reveal the cases in which the implemented method works well.
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