nltk.corpus.reader.rte module

Corpus reader for the Recognizing Textual Entailment (RTE) Challenge Corpora.

The files were taken from the RTE1, RTE2 and RTE3 datasets and the files were regularized.

Filenames are of the form rte*_dev.xml and rte*_test.xml. The latter are the gold standard annotated files.

Each entailment corpus is a list of ‘text’/’hypothesis’ pairs. The following example is taken from RTE3:

<pair id="1" entailment="YES" task="IE" length="short" >

   <t>The sale was made to pay Yukos' US$ 27.5 billion tax bill,
   Yuganskneftegaz was originally sold for US$ 9.4 billion to a little known
   company Baikalfinansgroup which was later bought by the Russian
   state-owned oil company Rosneft .</t>

  <h>Baikalfinansgroup was sold to Rosneft.</h>

In order to provide globally unique IDs for each pair, a new attribute challenge has been added to the root element entailment-corpus of each file, taking values 1, 2 or 3. The GID is formatted ‘m-n’, where ‘m’ is the challenge number and ‘n’ is the pair ID.

class nltk.corpus.reader.rte.RTECorpusReader[source]

Bases: XMLCorpusReader

Corpus reader for corpora in RTE challenges.

This is just a wrapper around the XMLCorpusReader. See module docstring above for the expected structure of input documents.


Build a list of RTEPairs from a RTE corpus.


fileids – a list of RTE corpus fileids



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class nltk.corpus.reader.rte.RTEPair[source]

Bases: object

Container for RTE text-hypothesis pairs.

The entailment relation is signalled by the value attribute in RTE1, and by entailment in RTE2 and RTE3. These both get mapped on to the entailment attribute of this class.

__init__(pair, challenge=None, id=None, text=None, hyp=None, value=None, task=None, length=None)[source]
  • challenge – version of the RTE challenge (i.e., RTE1, RTE2 or RTE3)

  • id – identifier for the pair

  • text – the text component of the pair

  • hyp – the hypothesis component of the pair

  • value – classification label for the pair

  • task – attribute for the particular NLP task that the data was drawn from

  • length – attribute for the length of the text of the pair


Normalize the string value in an RTE pair’s value or entailment attribute as an integer (1, 0).


value_string (str) – the label used to classify a text/hypothesis pair

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