Month: April 2016

Please join us for the NLP Seminar this Thursday (April 21) at 4pm in 205 South Hall. All are welcome!

Speaker: Dan Gillick (Google)

Title: Multilingual language processing from bytes


I’ll describe my recent work on standard language processing tasks like part-of-speech tagging and named entity recognition where I replace the traditional pipeline of models with a recurrent neural network. In particular, the model reads one byte at a time (it doesn’t know anything about tokens or sentences) and produces output over byte spans. This allows for very compact, multilingual models that improve over models trained on a single language. I’ll show lots of results and we can discuss the merits and problems with this approach.

Please join us for the next NLP Seminar Thursday, April 7 at 4pm in 205 South Hall. All are welcome!

Speaker: Percy Liang (Stanford)
Title: Learning from Zero

Can we learn if we start with zero examples, either labeled or unlabeled? This scenario arises in new user-facing systems (such as virtual assistants for new domains), where inputs should come from users, but no users exist until we have a working system, which depends on having training data. I discuss recent work that circumvent this circular dependence by interleaving user interaction and learning.