It is often claimed that Named Entity recognition systems need extensive gazetteers---lists of names of people, organisations, locations, and other named entities. Indeed, the compilation of such gazetteers is sometimes mentioned as a bottleneck in the design of Named Entity recognition systems.We report on a Named Entity recognition system which combines rule-based grammars with statistical (maximum entropy) models. We report on the system's performance with gazetteers of different types and different sizes, using test material from the MUC-7 competition. We show that, for the text type and task of this competition, it is sufficient to use relatively small gazetteers of well-known names, rather than large gazetteers of low-frequency names. We conclude with observations about the domain independence of the competition and of our experiments.
|Title of host publication||EACL 1999, 9th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, June 8-12, 1999, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|