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Looking at the classic statistical approaches to natural language processing (e.g. tagging, parsing, etc.), I see that they are mostly generative models: n-gram models, Naive Bayes classifiers, hidden Markov models, probabilistic context­‐free grammars, IBM machine translation alignment models and so on.

At the opposite, more recent models tend to be discriminative: SVM, conditional log-linear model, conditional random fields, etc.

Is there any reason behind that trend?

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