From: Pete Whitelock (
Date: Wed Feb 13 2002 - 16:05:20 MET

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    I would say bootstrapping (in the corpora context) means to use the output
    of one version of a system as (part of) the input to the next version. The
    iterative improvement is analogous to picking oneself up by one's

    So one might start with a parser that had no knowledge of attachment
    preferences, attach only where unambiguous, count up the results and then
    use the results in the next version of the parser to attach in ambiguous


    > Forgive my lack of knowledge but could anybody explain the
    > meaning of the
    > term 'bootstrapping' please?.
    > Best regards, MĒ Dolores

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