Gaizauskas, Robert and Cunningham, Hamish and Wilks, Yorick and Rodgers, Peter and Humphreys, Kevin
GATE -- an Environment to Support Research and Development in Natural Language Engineering.
In: Proceedings of the 8th IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI-96).
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We describe a software environment to support research and development in natural language (NL) engineering. This environment -- GATE (General Architecture for Text Engineering) -- aims to advance research in the area of machine processing of natural languages by providing a software infrastructure on top of which heterogeneous NL component modules may be evaluated and refined individually or may be combined into larger application systems. Thus, GATE aims to support both researchers and developers working on component technologies (e.g. parsing, tagging, morphological analysis) and those working on developing end-user applications (e.g. information extraction, text summarisation, document generation, machine translation, and second language learning). GATE will promote reuse of component technology, permit specialisation and collaboration in large-scale projects, and allow for the comparison and evaluation of alternative technologies. The first release of GATE is now available.
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