Research Seminar in Language Technology - Autumn 2017

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This is the time table of the general research seminar in language technology. Presentations will be given primarily by doctoral students but also other researchers in language technology including external guests

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September, 14
Title: Reports from conferences and on-going/coming projects
September, 21: Anssi Yli-Jyrä
Title: A High Coverage (99.994%) Limit on Two-Sided Embedding in Universal Dependencies Treebanks
Abstract: A recently proposed encoding for noncrossing digraphs can be used to implement generic inference over families of these digraphs and to carry out first-order factored dependency parsing. It is now shown that the recent proposal can be substantially streamlined without information loss. The improved encoding is less dependent on hierarchical processing. The encoding gives rise to a high-coverage bounded-depth approximation of the space of noncrossing digraphs. This subset is presented elegantly by a finite-state machine that recognizes an infinite set of encoded graphs. The set includes more than 99.99% of the 0.6 million noncrossing graphs obtained from the UDv2 treebanks through planarisation. Rather than taking the low probability of the residual as a flat rate, it can be modelled with a joint probability distribution that is factorised into two underlying stochastic processes – the sentence length distribution and the related conditional distribution for deep nesting. This model points out that deep nesting in the streamlined code requires extreme sentence lengths. High depth is categorically out in common sentence lengths but emerges slowly at infrequent lengths that prompt further inquiry.
September, 28: Mika Hämäläinen
Title: tba
October, 5: Seppo Nyrkkö
Title: Ontology-related, learning tagging model on parsed text
October, 19: Niklas Laxström
November, 1: FinMT (NOTE: Wednesday!)
Title: Workshop on Machine Translation
November, 9:
November, 16: Mark Granroth-Wilding
Title: Unsupervised learning of cross-lingual representations with no prior linguistic knowledge.
November, 23: Aarne Talman
Title: tba
November, 30:
December, 14: