Optimal encoding! - Information Theory constrains article omission in newspaper headlines

EACL 2017 Robin LemkeEva HorchIngo Reich

In this paper we pursue the hypothesis that the distribution of article omission specifically is constrained by principles of Information Theory (Shannon 1948). In particular, Information Theory predicts a stronger preference for article omission before nouns which are relatively unpredictable in context of the preceding words... (read more)

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