Open-Set Language Identification

16 Jul 2017  ·  Shervin Malmasi ·

We present the first open-set language identification experiments using one-class classification. We first highlight the shortcomings of traditional feature extraction methods and propose a hashing-based feature vectorization approach as a solution. Using a dataset of 10 languages from different writing systems, we train a One- Class Support Vector Machine using only a monolingual corpus for each language. Each model is evaluated against a test set of data from all 10 languages and we achieve an average F-score of 0.99, highlighting the effectiveness of this approach for open-set language identification.

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