Unsupervised Stemmer for Arabic Tweets

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  • Authors:
  • Allan Ramsay
  • Fahad Albogamy


Stemming is an essential processing step in a wide range of high level text processing applications such as information extraction, machine translation and sentiment analysis. It is used to reduce words to their stems. Many stemming algorithms have been developed for Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Although Arabic tweets and MSA are closely related and share many characteristics, there are substantial differences between them in lexicon and syntax. In this paper, we introduce a light Arabic stemmer for Arabic tweets. Our results show improvements over the performance of a number of well-known stemmers for Arabic.

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016