ai seminar – garrett nicolai

"lemmatization and reinflection: two sides of the same coin"

Presenter: Garrett Nicolai, PhD student, Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta

Abstract: In English, a single word generally only appears in a handful of forms: see, sees, seeing, seen, saw. In other languages, however, words need to be marked for a large number of features such as number, mood, tense, case, etc. My talk will consist of two parts. First, I will present our ACL 2016 paper which describes a machine-learning method for simplifying inflections by leveraging publicly-available inflection tables, such as those found on Wiktionary. In the second part, I will discuss the surprising results of the First Shared Task on Morphological Reinflection in Berlin, which demonstrate the growing importance of deep learning and neural networks in language processing.

Bio: Garrett Nicolai is a senior PhD student working on problems in Natural Language Processing with Greg Kondrak. He has published 10 papers since starting his PhD program.


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