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In language modelling, at what data volume does "stupid back-off" become a viable option over sophisticated smoothing techniques?

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Stupid back off technique performs better than sophisticated smoothing techniques in all ten topics except of topic 7 where absolute discounting is the best technique. Stupid back off is the simplest of all techniques used.

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Yeah, I'm going to need you to be a bit more clear than that. What topics are you talking about? I was asking the question at a very general level (i.e. not in reference to any particular dataset).
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