College of Information Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, Japan

Language Similarity Clustering

Semi-automatically create bilingual dictionaries among various Indonesian Ethnic Languages

  • Lexicostatistic and language similarity clusters are useful for computational linguistic researches that depends on language similarity or cognate recognition. Nevertheless, there are no published lexicostatistic/language similarity cluster of Indonesian ethnic languages available. We formulate an approach of creating language similarity clusters by utilizing ASJP database to generate the language similarity matrix, then generate the hierarchical clusters with complete linkage and mean linkage clustering, and further extract two stable clusters with high language similarities. We introduced an extended k-means clustering semi-supervised learning to evaluate the stability level of the hierarchical stable clusters being grouped together despite of changing the number of cluster. The higher the number of the trial, the more likely we can distinctly find the two hierarchical stable clusters in the generated k-clusters. However, for all five experiments, the stability level of the two hierarchical stable clusters is the highest on 5 clusters. Therefore, we take the 5 clusters as the best clusters of Indonesian ethnic languages. Finally, we plot the generated 5 clusters to a geographical map.
  • Publication:
    1. Arbi Haza Nasutionand Yohei Murakami. 2019. Visualizing Language Lexical Similarity Clusters: A Case Study of Indonesian Ethnic LanguagesJournal of Data Science and Its Applications, 2, 2, 45-59. [full paper]
    2. Arbi Haza Nasution, Yohei Murakami, and Toru Ishida. 2019. Generating Similarity Cluster of Indonesian Languages with Semi-Supervised Clustering. International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering (IJECE), 9(1). [full paper]

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