Ted Pedersen
and 1 contributors


maketarget.pl - Create target.regex file for a given Senseval-2 data file that shows all the forms of the target word


 maketarget.pl -head begin.v-test.xml

This creates a file called target.regex with the following contents:


 maketarget.pl begin.v-test.xml

This creates a file called target.regex with the following contents:


These are regular expressions that show all the forms of "begin" that appear in the given Senseval-2 data file with and without a surrounding head tag.

You can find begin.v-test.xml at samples/Data

Type maketarget.pl for a quick list of options


This program creates a Perl regex for the TARGET word by detecting its various forms from the given SVAL2 file.

This program will create a regular expression file called target.regex that can be used to match target words via the --target option in many SenseClusters programs. The target.regex file can be of two forms:




The first form is appropriate when the corpus already has the target word marked with head tags, while the second should be used when the corpus is plain unannotated text. The second form is the default, while the first is available with the --head option. Note that in the first form the <head> tag acts as a delimiter on word boundaries, while in the second form the \b character class is used for that purpose.


Required Arguments:


Should be a file in Senseval-2 format from which various possible forms of the TARGET word are to be detected.

Optional Arguments:


Create target word regex in the form: <head>\s*(target1|target2)\s*</head>


Displays the summary of command line options.


Displays the version information.


maketarget.pl automatically creates the file with name 'target.regex' that shows the Perl regex for the TARGET word. The regex is a OR of various forms of the word detected placed within a single regex, optionally surrounded by <head> and </head> tags.

For example: Contents of a sample <target.regex> file:

 /(\bLine\b)|(\bLines\b)|(\bline\b)|(\blined\b)|(\blines\b)/ (default)

 /<head>\s*(Line)|(Lines)|(line)|(lined)|(lines)\s*</head>/ (with --head)


This program does not recognize target words of the form:

 <head> Bill Clinton </head>

It is restricted to target words that are a single string, such as

 <head> Bill_Clinton </head>


 Ted Pedersen, University of Minnesota, Duluth
 tpederse at d.umn.edu

 Amruta Purandare, University of Pittsburgh

 Anagha Kulkarni, Carnegie-Mellon University


Copyright (c) 2002-2008, Ted Pedersen, Amurta Purandare, Anagha Kulkarni

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