Slicing and Dicing a Linguistic Data Cube

Slicing and Dicing a Linguistic Data Cube

Jan H. Kroeze (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-990-8.ch017
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This chapter discusses the application of some data warehousing techniques on a data cube of linguistic data. The results of various modules of clausal analysis can be stored in a three-dimensional data cube in order to facilitate on-line analytical processing of data by means of three-dimensional arrays. Slicing is such an analytical technique, which reveals various dimensions of data and their relationships to other dimensions. By using this data warehousing facility the clause cube can be viewed or manipulated to reveal, for example, phrases and clauses, syntactic structures, semantic role frames, or a two-dimensional representation of a particular clause’s multi-dimensional analysis in table format. These functionalities are illustrated by means of the Hebrew text of Genesis 1:1-2:3. The authors trust that this chapter will contribute towards efficient storage and advanced processing of linguistic data.
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Background: Using A Data Cube To Integrate Complex Sets Of Linguistic Data

The clauses constituting a text can be analysed linguistically in various ways depending on the chosen perspective of a specific researcher. These different analytical perspectives regarding a collection of clauses can be integrated into a paper-based medium as a series of two-dimensional tables, where each table represents one clause and its multi-dimensional analysis.

This concept can be explained with a simplified grammatical paradigm and a very small micro-text consisting of only three sentences (e.g. Gen. 1:1a, 4c and 5a)1: