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Recognizing acronyms and their definitions

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This paper introduces an automatic method for finding acronyms and their definitions in free text. The method is based on an inexact pattern matching algorithm applied to text surrounding the possible acronym. Evaluation shows both high recall and precision for a set of documents randomly selected from a larger set of full text documents.

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Received October 1, 1997 / Revised September 8, 1998

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Taghva, K., Gilbreth, J. Recognizing acronyms and their definitions. IJDAR 1, 191–198 (1999).

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