multiwords version 3 (released 21 March 2013)


This program implements the LocalMaxs algorithm for extracting multiword units (MWUs) from plain text, described in (Silva and Lopes, 1999). There are two versions of the algorithm: strict (described in the paper) and relaxed (slightly higher recall). This program implements the relaxed version, which is better than the strict version. If for some odd reason you need the strict version, get it here.


Command syntax:

./multiwords dice|scp MAXN TEXTFILE OUTPUTDIR

MAXN is an integer ≥ 2

TEXTFILE is the corpus file, previously tokenized and lowercased

OUTPUTDIR is the name of a directory (it will be created if it doesn't exist) where the program writes temporary and output files. The output files will be named OUTPUTDIR/Nmwus.txt, N being 2, 3, ..., MAXN.

For example this command will extract bigrams and trigrams from the given corpus, using scp as the "glue" function:

./multiwords scp 3 corpus.txt results

The output files will be results/2mwus.txt and results/3mwus.txt


This program is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.


A Local Maxima method and a Fair Dispersion Normalization for extracting multi-word units from corpora.
Joaquim Ferreira da Silva, and José Gabriel Pereira Lopes.
In Proceedings of the Sixth Meeting on Mathematics of Language (MOL6), Orlando, Florida July 23-25, 1999. pp. 369-381.