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USC/ISI Natural Language Group

NLP Reading Group

Fridays, 2:00 PM, 9th Floor CR

Spring 2012

DateModeratorPaper
Feb 17 Yang Gao
Two-Level, Many Paths Generation
Kevin Knight, Vasileios Hatzivassiloglou pdf
Mar 2 Shu Cai
Probabilistic Frame-Semantic Parsing
Dipanjan Das, Nathan Schneider, Desai Chen and Noah A. Smith pdf
April 6 Qing Dou
Automatically Learning Source-side Reordering Rules for Large Scale Machine Translation
Dmitriy Genzel pdf
April 20 Ashish Vaswani
TBD
May 4 Hui Zhang
TBD

Fall 2011

DateModeratorPaper
Nov 4 Shu Cai
A Probabilistic Forest-to-String Model for Language Generation from Typed Lambda Calculus Expressions
Wei Lu and Hwee Tou Ng pdf
Oct 21 Hui Zhang
Conversational Speech Transcription Using Context-Dependent Deep Neural Networks
Frank Seide, Gang Li, and Dong Yu pdf
Oct 7 Jason Riesa
Structured Sparsity in Structured Prediction
Andre F. T. Martins, Noah A. Smith, Pedro M. Q. Aguilar, and Mario A. T. Figueiredo pdf
Sep 23 Ashish Vaswani
A Unified Architecture for Natural Language Processing: Deep Neural Networks with Multitask Learning
Ronan Collobert and Jason Weston pdf

Summer 2011

DateModeratorPaper
Aug 12 Sravana Reddy
A Probabilistic Approach to Language Change
Alexandre Bouchard-Cote, Percy Liang, Thomas L.Griffiths and Dan Klein pdf
July 15 Hui Zhang
Joint Parsing and Translation
Yang Liu and Qun Liu pdf
July 1


Licheng Fang

Liang Huang

Suzy Howlett


Xuchen Yao

Kevin Knight


Hui Zhang

Qing Dou


Shu Cai


ACL 2011 paper summaries and discussions

Learning Hierarchical Translation Structure with Linguistic Annotations
Markos Mylonakis and Khalil Sima'an pdf
Incremental Syntactic Language Models for Phrase-based Translation
Lane Schwartz, Chris Callison-Burch, William Schuler, Stephen Wu pdf
Simple Unsupervised Grammar Induction from Raw Text with Cascaded Finite State Models
Elias Ponvert, Jason Baldridge and Katrin Erk pdf
Model-Based Aligner Combination Using Dual Decomposition
John DeNero and Klaus Macherey pdf
Combining Morpheme-based Machine Translation with Post-processing Morpheme Prediction
Ann Clifton and Anoop Sarkar pdf
Binarized Forest to String Translation
Hao Zhang, Licheng Fang, Peng Xu, Xiaoyun Wu pdf
Maps of the Impossible: Capturing semantic anomalies in distributional space
Eva Maria Vecchi and Marco Baroni and Roberto Zamparelli pdf
Learning Dependency-Based Compositional Semantics
Percy Liang, Michael Jordan, Dan Klein pdf
June 17 Qing Dou
A model for matching semantic maps between languages
Sabine Ploux and Hyungsuk Ji pdf
June 3 Shu Cai
Unsupervised Semantic Parsing
Hoifung Poon and Pedro Domingos pdf

Spring 2011

DateModeratorPaper
May 6 Dirk Hovy
Constructing Semantic Space Models from Parsed Corpora
Sebastian Pado, Mirella Lapata pdf, expanded CL article
Apr 22 Jason Riesa
Ensemble Models for Dependency Parsing: Cheap and Good?
Mihai Surdeanu and Christopher D. Manning pdf
Apr 8 Shu Cai
Integrating Graph-Based and Transition-Based Dependency Parsers
Joakim Nivre and Ryan McDonald pdf
Mar 11 Ashish Vaswani
Painless Unsupervised Learning with Features
Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick, Alexandre Bouchard-Cote, John DeNero, and Dan Klein pdf slides discussion
Feb 25 Qing Dou
Immediate-Head Parsing for Language Models
Eugene Charniak pdf
Feb 11 Victoria Fossum
A New String-to-Dependency Machine Translation Algorithm with a Target Dependency Language Model
Libin Shen, Jinxi Xu, Ralph Weischedel pdf
Jan 28 Steven Tratz
Non-projective dependency parsing using spanning tree algorithms
Ryan McDonald, Fernando Pereira, Kiril Ribarov, Jan Hajic pdf
Jan 14 Steve DeNeefe
SCFG Decoding Without Binarization
Mark Hopkins and Greg Langmead pdf

Fall 2010

DateModeratorPaper
Dec 3 David Chiang
Contextual dependencies in unsupervised word segmentation
Sharon Goldwater, Thomas L. Griffiths, and Mark Johnson pdf
A note on the implementation of Hierarchical Dirichlet Processes
Phil Blunsom, Trevor Cohn, Sharon Goldwater, and Mark Johnson pdf
Nov 19 Erica Greene
Contrastive Estimation: Training Log-Linear Models on Unlabeled Data
Noah A. Smith and Jason Eisner pdf
Nov 5 Erica Greene Organizational Meeting
EMNLP Retrospective

Summer 2010

DateModeratorPaper
Aug 17 Liang Huang
Sasha Rush
Dependency parsing introduction
Efficient Third-Order Dependency Parsers
(Terry Koo and Michael Collins) [pdf]

Spring 2010

DateModeratorPaper
Jan 15 Ashish Vaswani Organizational Meeting

Fall 2009

DateModeratorPaper
Dec 18 Lightning Round

Sujith Ravi

Zori Kozareva

Steve DeNeefe
Reinforcement Learning for mapping instructions to actions
(S.R.K. Branavan, Harr Chen, Luke S. Zettlemoyer, and Regina Barzilay) [pdf]
Fast, Cheap and Creative: Evaluating Translation Quality with Amazon's Mechanical Turk
(Chris Callison-Burch) [pdf]
Topological Ordering of Function Words in Hierarchical Phrase-based Translation
(Hendra Setiawan, Min-Yen Kan, Haizhou Li, and Philip Resnik) [pdf]
Nov 20 Dirk Hovy Semantic-based Estimation of Term Informativeness
(Kirill Kireyev) [pdf]
Nov 6 Oana Nicolov A fully Bayesian approach to unsupervised part-of-speech tagging.
(Sharon Goldwater and Thomas L. Griffiths) [pdf]
Oct 23 Ashish Vaswani Better Alignments = Better Translations?
(Kuzman Ganchev, Joao Graca, Ben Taskar) [pdf]
Oct 16 Ashish Vaswani Organizational meeting

Summer 2009

DateModeratorPaper
July 10 Steve DeNeefe et al. Highlights from NAACL HLT 09
June 26 Adam Pauls
David Chiang
Gibbs Sampling
Dirichlet priors and the Dirichlet process

Spring 2009

DateModeratorPaper
Apr. 3 Dirk Hovy Unsupervised word sense disambiguation rivaling supervised methods
(David Yarowsky) [pdf]
Mar. 20 No Meeting Spring Break
Mar. 6 Marta Recasens Modeling Local Coherence: An Entity-Based Approach
(Regina Barzilay and Mirella Lapata) [pdf]
Feb. 20 Jason Riesa Structured Output Prediction with Structural SVMs
(Thorsten Joachims) [video lecture]
Feb. 6 William Chang Inverse Document Frequency (IDF): A Measure of Deviations from Poisson
(Kenneth W. Church and William A. Gale) [pdf]
Jan. 23 Jason Riesa Organizational Meeting

Fall 2008

DateModeratorPaper
Dec. 10 Ashish Vaswani Discriminative Word Alignment with Conditional Random Fields
(Phil Blunsom and Trevor Cohn) [pdf]
Nov. 21 Steve DeNeefe Language and Translation Model Adaptation using Comparable Corpora
(Matthew Snover, Bonnie Dorr, and Richard Schwartz) [pdf]
Nov. 7 Oana Postolache Dependency Parsing by Belief Propagation
(David Smith and Jason Eisner) [pdf]
Oct. 24 No Meeting Conference Travel
Oct. 10 Dirk Hovy A Spreading-Activation Theory of Retrieval in Sentence Production
(Gary S. Dell) [pdf]
Sep. 26 William Chang Tutorial: Gibbs Sampling and LDA
Background: Parameter estimation for text analysis (Gregor Heinrich) [pdf]
Sep. 19 Jason Riesa Organizational Meeting

Summer 2008

DateModeratorPaper
Aug. 15 Jason Riesa Alignment and segmentation of parallel text for statistical machine translation
(Yonggang Deng, Shankar Kumar, and William Byrne) [pdf]
Aug. 1 Kyle Gorman Class-based n-gram models of natural language
(Peter F. Brown, Peter V. deSouza, Robert L. Mercer, Vincent J. Della Pietra, Jennifer C. Lai) [pdf]
Aggregate and mixed-order Markov models for statistical language processing
(Laurence Saul and Fernando Pereira) [pdf]
Jul. 16 John DeNero Learning Bilingual Lexicons from Monolingual Corpora
(Aria Haghighi, Percy Liang, Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick, and Dan Klein) [pdf]
Jun. 27 Kyle Gorman Robust Incremental Parsing using Human-Like Memory Constraints
(William Schuler, Tim Miller, Samir AbdelRahman, and Lane Schwartz) [pdf] (draft)
Jun. 13 Ashish Vaswani The Power of Amnesia
(Dana Ron, Yoram Singer, and Naftali Tishby) [pdf]
May 30 Sujith Ravi Improving Statistical Machine Translation Performance by Training Data Selection and Optimization
(Yajuan Lu, Jin Huang, and Qun Liu) [pdf]

Spring 2008

DateModeratorPaper
May 9 Vishnu Sethumadhavan Semantic Taxonomy Induction from Heterogenous Evidence
(Rion Snow, Dan Jurafsky, Andrew Y. Ng) [pdf]
Apr. 25 Oana Postolache Frustratingly Easy Domain Adaptation
(Hal Daume III) [pdf]
Mar. 28 Jason Riesa Probabilistic Context-Free Grammar Induction Based on Structural Zeros (Mehryar Mohri and Brian Roark) [pdf]
Accurate Methods for the Statistics of Surprise and Coincidence (Ted Dunning) [pdf]
Mar. 14 William Chang Latent Dirichlet Allocation
(David M. Blei, Andrew Y. Ng, and Michael I. Jordan) [pdf] [handout]
Feb. 29 Rahul Bhagat Randomized Decoding for Selection-and-Ordering Problems
(Pawan Deshpande, Regina Barzilay, and David Karger) [pdf]
Feb. 22 no meeting ISD Retreat
Feb. 8 Rahul Bhagat Organizational meeting

Fall 2007

DateModeratorPaper
Nov. 16 Tom Murray Computationally Efficient M-Estimation of Log-Linear Structure Models (Noah Smith, Douglas Vail, and John Lafferty) [pdf]
Nov. 2 David Chiang Continuation of last week
Oct. 26 David Chiang Why Doesn't EM find good HMM POS-taggers? (Mark Johnson) [pdf]
A Fully Bayesian Approach to Unsupervised Part-of-Speech Tagging (Sharon Goldwater and Thomas L. Griffiths). Section 2.1 [pdf]
Oct. 12 Steve DeNeefe An End-to-End Discriminative Approach to Machine Translation (Percy Liang, Alexandre Bouchard-Cote, Dan Klein, and Ben Taskar) [pdf]
Sep. 28 Gully Burns Imitating Manual Curation of Text-mined Facts in Biomedicine (Raul Rodriguez-Esteban, Ivan Iossifov, Andrey Rzhetsky) [pdf]