Arabic Newswire Part 1

Item Name: Arabic Newswire Part 1
Author(s): David Graff, Kevin Walker
LDC Catalog No.: LDC2001T55
ISBN: 1-58563-190-6
ISLRN: 013-368-610-633-9
Member Year(s): 2001
DCMI Type(s): Text
Data Source(s): newswire
Project(s): TREC, TIDES, GALE, EARS
Application(s): information retrieval, language modeling
Language(s): Standard Arabic
Language ID(s): arb
License(s): LDC User Agreement for Non-Members
Online Documentation: LDC2001T55 Documents
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: Graff, David, and Kevin Walker. Arabic Newswire Part 1 LDC2001T55. CD. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, 2001.

Introduction

This publication contains the Arabic Newswire A Corpus, Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) catalog number LDC2001T55 and ISBN 1-58563-190-6. The Arabic Newswire Corpus is composed of articles from the Agence France Presse (AFP) Arabic Newswire. The source material was tagged using TIPSTER-style SGML and was transcoded to Unicode (UTF-8). The corpus includes articles from May 13, 1994 to December 20, 2000.

Data

The data is in 2,337 compressed (zipped) Arabic text data files. There are 209 Mb of compressed data (869 Mb uncompressed) with approximately 383,872 documents containing 76 million tokens over approximately 666,094 unique words.

A template of the tagging is presented below.

yyyymmdd_AFP_ARB.dddd Arabic Text Arabic Text

One or More Paragraphs of Arabic Text

Arabic Text Arabic Text

For a sample file of tagged articles, please see this sample.

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