Computing thresholds of linguistic saliency

Siaw Fong Chung, Kathleen Virginia Ahrens, Chung Ping Cheng, Chu-ren Huang, Petr Šimon

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We propose and test several computational methods to automatically determine possible saliency cut-off points in Sketch Engine (Kilgarriff and Tugwell, 2001). Sketch Engine currently displays collocations in descending importance, as well as according to grammatical relations. However, Sketch Engine does not provide suggestions for a cut-off point such that any items above this cut-off point may be considered significantly salient. This proposal suggests improvement to the present Sketch Engine interface by calculating three different cut-off point methods, so that the presentation of results can be made more meaningful to users. In addition, our findings also contribute to linguistic analyses based on empirical data.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPACLIC 21 - The 21st Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, Proceedings
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event21st Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 21 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 1 Nov 20073 Nov 2007


Conference21st Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 21
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • Collocations
  • Cut-off point
  • Saliency
  • Threshold

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Linguistics and Language


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