PKUSEG: A Toolkit for Multi-Domain Chinese Word Segmentation

27 Jun 2019  ·  Ruixuan Luo, Jingjing Xu, Yi Zhang, Zhiyuan Zhang, Xuancheng Ren, Xu sun ·

Chinese word segmentation (CWS) is a fundamental step of Chinese natural language processing. In this paper, we build a new toolkit, named PKUSEG, for multi-domain word segmentation. Unlike existing single-model toolkits, PKUSEG targets multi-domain word segmentation and provides separate models for different domains, such as web, medicine, and tourism. Besides, due to the lack of labeled data in many domains, we propose a domain adaptation paradigm to introduce cross-domain semantic knowledge via a translation system. Through this method, we generate synthetic data using a large amount of unlabeled data in the target domain and then obtain a word segmentation model for the target domain. We also further refine the performance of the default model with the help of synthetic data. Experiments show that PKUSEG achieves high performance on multiple domains. The new toolkit also supports POS tagging and model training to adapt to various application scenarios. The toolkit is now freely and publicly available for the usage of research and industry.

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