Seminar in Natural Language Processing and Dialogue

Course Information

Seminar in Natural Language Processing
CMPS/CMPM 280Z - Fall 2014
Wed 12:00 to 1:30
E2 399 

Weekly homeworks around reading to stimulate the discussion during the seminar are posted and uploaded onto Ecommons page for this class. 

Everyone needs to sign up for two papers. Two people per paper, three if we don't have too many people.

Instructor Information

Prof. Marilyn Walker
Jack Baskin School of Engineering, Room 267
email: maw @ soe [dot] ucsc [dot] edu
Office Hours: Monday 1:00 to 2:30. E2 267

 

Course Description

Fall 2014. The readings in this quarter will primarily focus on papers related to work on online conversation (debates in forums), sentiment analysis, and event schema induction. 

 

Schedule with reading assignments

  • Week 1. Sarcasm & Negative Situation Learning                                                                      

    Wed 10/8  

      • Riloff, E., Qadir, A., Surve, P., De Silva, L., Gilbert, N., and Huang, R.  "Sarcasm as Contrast between a Positive Sentiment and Negative Situation", Proceedings of the 2013 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2013).

      • Data: Click here to download the Sarcasm Data Set used in this EMNLP 2013 paper.

      • Discussants: Amita Misra and Sheeren Oraby (Slides)
      • HOMEWORK 1: DUE Tuesday 10/7 at Midnight. Discuss what you think is interesting about this paper. What is novel and unique and what its possible weaknesses might be. At least a couple of paragraphs.   Turn this in on Ecommons.

      • Week 2. More learning Valence of events                                                                                  

  • Wed 10/15

  • Week 3. How to recognize different  propositional 'facets' being talked about in a discussion

    Wed 10/22 

    •  Boltuzic  J Šnajder, ACL 2014. "Back up your Stance: Recognizing Arguments in Online Discussions" .

    • Discussants: Amita Misra and Jiaqi Wu and Vishakha Goel (Slides)

    • HOMEWORK 3: DUE Tuesday 10/21 at Midnight. Discuss what you think is interesting about this paper. What is novel and unique and what its possible weaknesses might be. At least a couple of paragraphs.    Turn this in on Ecommons and post your thoughts on Piazza to share with everyone.                    

  • Week 4.    TWO PAPERS this week. Back to acquiring or learning event lexicons. 

  • Wed 10/29 More on event valence learning. NOT in strong OVERLAP

  • Discussants: Lena Reed and Abhinav Venkateswar Venkataram and Kendall Lewis and Suzanne Da Camara (Slides)
    • HOMEWORK 4: DUE Tuesday 10/28 at Midnight. Discuss what you think is interesting about this set of papers . What is novel and unique and what  possible weaknesses might be. At least a couple of paragraphs.   Turn this in on Ecommons and post your thoughts on Piazza to share with everyone.                                                                                       

  • Week 5. Prof. Jan Wiebe Invited talk.                                                                                                    

    WE MEET FRIDAY 11/7 THIS WEEK.

    • Conrad,Alexander, Wiebe, Janyce, and Hwa, Rebecca (2012)Recognizing Arguing Subjectivity and Argument Tags.  ACL Workshop on Extra-propositional aspects of Meaning.

    • NO Discussants, but you still have to read a paper in preparation for Jan's talk. 

    • HOMEWORK 5: DUE Thursday 11/6 at Midnight. Discuss what you think is interesting about this paper. What is novel and unique and what its possible weaknesses might be. At least a couple of paragraphs.   Turn this in on Ecommons and post your thoughts on Piazza to share with everyone.                    

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  • Week 6.                                                                                                                                                  Wed 11/12 
    • Debanjan Ghosh, Smaranda Muresan, Nina Wacholder* Mark Aakhus, ACL 2014. "Analyzing Argumentative Discourse Units in Online Interactions".

    • Discussants: Jiaqi Wu and Shereen Oraby and Subhag Singh (Slides)

    • HOMEWORK 6: DUE Tuesday 11/11 at Midnight. Discuss what you think is interesting about this paper. What is novel and unique and what its possible weaknesses might be. At least a couple of paragraphs.   Turn this in on Ecommons and post your thoughts on Piazza to share with everyone.                    

  • Week 7.  Switching to event structures/ schemas/ scripts for a couple of weeks.                              Wed 11/19.

    • Karl Pichotta and Raymond Mooney, EACL 2014.  "Script Learning with Multi-Argument Events".

    • Discussants: Elahe Rahimtoroghi and Vishakha Goel and Keshav Mathur (Slides)

    • HOMEWORK 7: DUE Tuesday 11/18 at Midnight. Discuss what you think is interesting about this paper. What is novel and unique and what its possible weaknesses might be. At least a couple of paragraphs.   Turn this in on Ecommons and post your thoughts on Piazza to share with everyone.                    

Week 8.                                                                                                                                                          Wed 11/26                                                                                                                       

    • Michaela Regneri, Alexander Koller, Manfred Pinkal,  ACL 2010. "Learning Script Knowledge with Web Experiments".
    • Discussants: Lena Reed and  Paulo F Gomes (Slides)

    • HOMEWORK 8: DUE Tuesday 11/25 at Midnight. Discuss what you think is interesting about this paper. What is novel and unique and what its possible weaknesses might be. At least a couple of paragraphs.   Turn this in on Ecommons and post your thoughts on Piazza to share with everyone.                    

  • Week 9.                                                                                                                                            

    Wed 12/3

      • Huang, R. and Riloff, E., (2013).  Multi-faceted Event Recognition with Bootstrapped Dictionaries" , Proceedings of the 2013 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL HLT 2013).

      • Discussants: Keshav Mathur and Abhinav Venkateswar Venkataram and Subhag Singh (Slides)

      • HOMEWORK 9: DUE Tuesday 12/2 at Midnight. Discuss what you think is interesting about this paper. What is novel and unique and what its possible weaknesses might be. At least a couple of paragraphs.   Turn this in on Ecommons and post your thoughts on Piazza to share with everyone.                    

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