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Natural Language Processing for Lexical Corpus Analysis

13 Dec
Friday, 12/13/2019 10:00am to 12:00pm
CS 303
Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal Defense
Speaker: Abe Handler

Many text analysis problems begin with a large and unfamiliar corpus: a journalist is leaked a trove of documents, a historian tries to build a narrative with the congressional record, a marketer examines feedback forms after a sudden drop in sales. In such settings, practitioners cannot read all available evidence. They must investigate by searching, browsing and reading selections from a body of text. To assist in this process, we propose lexical corpus analysis: in which analysts formulate, refine and answer qualitative research questions by investigating entities and concepts from a corpus. We present a collection of natural language processing methods for our proposed analytic technique.

Advisor: Brendan O'Connor