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Mining Training Data for Language Modeling across the World’s Languages

Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Spoken Language Technologies for Under-resourced Languages (SLTU 2018)

Abstract

Building smart keyboards and speech recognition systems for new languages requires a large, clean text corpus to train n-gram language models on. We report our findings on how much text data can realistically be found on the web across thousands of languages. In addition, we describe an innovative, scalable approach to normalizing this data: all data sources are noisy to some extent, but this situation is even more severe for low-resource languages. To help clean the data we find across all languages in a scalable way, we built a pipeline to automatically derive the configuration for language-specific text normalization systems, which we describe here as well.

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