[Corpora-List] Unnatural Language Processing Workshop

From: Jason Eisner (jason@cs.jhu.edu)
Date: Sat Apr 02 2005 - 00:47:02 MET DST

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              First and Last Call for Papers (April 1, 2005)

    Frankly, NLP is just too hard, and unsupervised learning is getting
    itself into all kinds of trouble now that it's in its teens. Here in
    the heart of the Silicon Swamp, we're alarmed to find ourselves
    uttering random n-grams just for emphasis. It's time to treat the world
    to 99.9% accuracy. It's time to redefine the task. It's time for the

               1st Workshop on Unnatural Language Processing

                       Johns Hopkins University CLSP

    TALK ABSTRACTS of up to 1 page due by APRIL 30, 2005 to ulp@nlp.cs.jhu.edu.
    We will attempt to collect these in an online proceedings. As this is
    an electronic workshop, there is no time limit on the talks themselves,
    although there is also no guarantee that anyone will be within earshot.

    Self-invited talks (highest bidder)
    Question Evasion: Lessons from the Loebner Prize Competition
    Understanding Abney's Exposition of Blum & Mitchell's Reinterpretation
        of the Yarowsky Algorithm

    Shared task

       Zero-Sum Corpora: Destructive Mining of the Web

           Twenty teams. One Web. Three days.
          Are you computational linguist enough?

    Government panel
    Is Document Classification Easier on Classified Documents?
    Information Extraction: A Government and Binding Approach
    Anti-Discriminative Training
    A Sin Tax for Some Antics
    English Unzipfed: No Unigram Left Behind

    Suggested paper topics
    (We hasten to assure you that our purported theme on punitive
    linguistics is merely a strategem to extract abstracts from you.
    You know that workshop organizers would never actually twist your arm in
    a way that might keep you from typing something. Thus, we concede that
    we would grudgingly salivate over any overly original work at all:
    i.e., topics that have never been addressed before, and for good reason.)

    * Scaling Down: From Universal Grammar to Galactic Grammar
    * Corpse Linguistics (transducer decomposition, final states,
                          the ultimate epsilon transition ...)
    * Doonerism Spetection
    * To Ken is at ion correct ion
    * Self-Reference and its Implications for This Workshop
    * Sentence Fragment Assembly and
    * Cataphora Resolution (see below)
    * Dynamic Time Warping (again)
    * When Summarization Meets Wintarization
    * Degenerative Grammar
    * The Phrenology-Phrenetics Interface
    * Neuro-Linguistic Programming (a.k.a. Machine-Assisted Charisma)
    * The New Irrationalist-Experientialist Debate

    Machine miseducation track:
      + Overbearingly Supervised Techniques for Very Small Corpora
      + Mixtures of Pundits, Worldly Bayes Classifiers, & other Sadistical Models
      + The Information Turtleneck Algorithm
      + Aping Syntax: Monkey c-command, Monkey do command
      + Support Vector Hotlines and Other Monologue Systems
      + Bootstrapping Without the Boot

    Program Committee (unconfirmed, indeed unwitting)
    To preserve plausible deniability, we are adopting a triple-blind
    procedure in which the reviewers will not be known even to themselves.
    The most we can disclose here is that we will be noisily channeling
    Claude Shannon and other émanations grises.

    We are grateful for moral support from the Notional Science
    Foundation, the Defense Advanced Delirium Agency (DADA), and
    the Linguistic Stipulation Consortium.

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