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From "Michael McCandless (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (TIKA-369) Improve accuracy of language detection
Date Thu, 07 Feb 2013 13:55:13 GMT

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Michael McCandless commented on TIKA-369:
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The language-detection lib is now in Maven: http://search.maven.org/#artifactdetails|com.cybozu.labs|langdetect|1.1-20120112|jar

And it's compiled to Java 5 ...

I think we should do a hard cutover (replace Tika's current language detection with this library)?
 Any objections?
                
> Improve accuracy of language detection
> --------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: TIKA-369
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/TIKA-369
>             Project: Tika
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: languageidentifier
>    Affects Versions: 0.6
>            Reporter: Ken Krugler
>            Assignee: Ken Krugler
>         Attachments: lingdet-mccs.pdf, Surprise and Coincidence.pdf, textcat.pdf
>
>
> Currently the LanguageProfile code uses 3-grams to find the best language profile using
Pearson's chi-square test. This has three issues:
> 1. The results aren't very good for short runs of text. Ted Dunning's paper (attached)
indicates that a log-likelihood ratio (LLR) test works much better, which would then make
language detection faster due to less text needing to be processed.
> 2. The current LanguageIdentifier.isReasonablyCertain() method uses an exact value as
a threshold for certainty. This is very sensitive to the amount of text being processed, and
thus gives false negative results for short runs of text.
> 3. Certainty should also be based on how much better the result is for language X, compared
to the next best language. If two languages both had identical sum-of-squares values, and
this value was below the threshold, then the result is still not very certain.

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