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SimPA: A Sentence-Level Simplification Corpus for the Public Administration Domain

Carolina Scarton; Gustavo Henrique Paetzold; Lucia Specia

We present a sentence-level simplification corpus with content from the Public Administration (PA) domain. The corpus contains 1,100 original sentences with manual simplifications collected through a two-stage process. Firstly, annotators were asked to simplify only words and phrases (lexical simplification). Each sentence was simplified by three annotators. Secondly, one lexically simplified version of each original sentence was further simplified at the syntactic level. In its current version there are 3,300 lexically simplified sentences plus 1,100 syntactically simplified sentences. The corpus will be used for evaluation of text simplification approaches in the scope of the EU H2020 SIMPATICO project – which focuses on accessibility of e-services in the PA domain – and beyond. The main advantage of this corpus is that lexical and syntactic simplifications can be analysed and used in isolation. The lexically simplified corpus is also multi-reference (three different simplifications per original sentence). This is an ongoing effort and our final aim is to collect manual simplifications for the entire set of original sentences, with over 10K sentences.

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