Title: Swarm intelligence for natural language processing

Authors: Wojdan Al-Saeedan; Mohamed El Bachir Menai

Addresses: Department of Computer Science, College of Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud University, P.O. Box 51178, Riyadh 11453, Saudi Arabia ' Department of Computer Science, College of Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud University, P.O. Box 51178, Riyadh 11453, Saudi Arabia

Abstract: Natural language processing (NLP) is an area dealing with computational methods for achieving human-like language processing. Traditionally, NLP research has been focused on developing efficient and robust algorithms to treat most NLP tasks, including syntactic and semantic analysis, grammar induction, summary and text generation, document clustering and machine translation. Swarm intelligence (SI) methods are effective to do so, since they have been successfully applied for many real-world problems. Recently, NLP and SI have been active areas of research, joined together more than once to solve problems in NLP field. This paper presents a review of recent developments of SI methods in NLP. It shows that only a few NLP tasks and applications were tackled by using SI-based algorithms. These mainly include text document clustering and classification, text summarisation, word sense disambiguation, information retrieval, and speaker recognition. This study also shows that four SI-based algorithms were examined in NLP field, including ant colony optimisation (ACO), particle swarm optimisation (PSO), bee swarm optimisation (BSO), and firefly algorithm (FA), emphasising ACO and PSO as the most investigated algorithms in this field.

Keywords: natural language processing; NLP; ant colony optimisation; ACO; particle swarm optimisation; PSO; bee swarm optimisation; BSO; firefly algorithm; swarm intelligence; text document clustering; document classification; text summarisation; word sense disambiguation; information retrieval; speaker recognition.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAISC.2015.070634

International Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing, 2015 Vol.5 No.2, pp.117 - 150

Available online: 15 Jul 2015

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