Text::NSP::Measures::2D::MI::ps - Perl module that implements Poisson-Stirling measure of association for bigrams.


Basic Usage

  use Text::NSP::Measures::2D::MI::ps;

  my $npp = 60; my $n1p = 20; my $np1 = 20;  my $n11 = 10;

  $ps_value = calculateStatistic( n11=>$n11,

  if( ($errorCode = getErrorCode()))
    print STDERR $errorCode." - ".getErrorMessage()."\n"";
    print getStatisticName."value for bigram is ".$ps_value."\n"";


The log-likelihood ratio measures the devitation between the observed data and what would be expected if <word1> and <word2> were independent. The higher the score, the less evidence there is in favor of concluding that the words are independent.

Assume that the frequency count data associated with a bigram <word1><word2> as shown by a 2x2 contingency table:

          word2   ~word2
  word1    n11      n12 | n1p
 ~word1    n21      n22 | n2p
           np1      np2   npp

where n11 is the number of times <word1><word2> occur together, and n12 is the number of times <word1> occurs with some word other than word2, and n1p is the number of times in total that word1 occurs as the first word in a bigram.

The expected values for the internal cells are calculated by taking the product of their associated marginals and dividing by the sample size, for example:

          np1 * n1p
   m11=   ---------

The poisson stirling measure is a negative lograthimic approximation of the poisson-likelihood measure. It uses the stirlings firmula to approximate the factorial in poisson-likelihood measure.

Posson-Stirling = n11 * ( log(n11) - log(m11) - 1)

which is same as

Posson-Stirling = n11 * ( log(n11/m11) - 1)


calculateStatistic() - This method calculates the ps value

INPUT PARAMS : $count_values .. Reference of an hash containing the count values computed by the program.

RETURN VALUES : $poissonStirling .. Poisson-Stirling value for this bigram.

getStatisticName() - Returns the name of this statistic


RETURN VALUES : $name .. Name of the measure.


Ted Pedersen, University of Minnesota Duluth <>

Satanjeev Banerjee, Carnegie Mellon University <>

Amruta Purandare, University of Pittsburgh <>

Bridget Thomson-McInnes, University of Minnesota Twin Cities <>

Saiyam Kohli, University of Minnesota Duluth <>


Last updated: $Id:,v 1.8 2006/06/21 11:10:52 saiyam_kohli Exp $



          author = {Quasthoff, Uwe and Wolff, Christian},
          title = {The Poisson collocation measure and its application},
          journal = {Workshop on Computational Approaches to Collocations},
          year = {2002},
          url = L<>}


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