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Statistics Colloquium : Dr. Frank Ferraro


Friday, April 5, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mathematics/Psychology : 104
Title: Document-level Modeling of Discourse 

Abstract: Discourse models capture a number of complex language processes, such as describing our experiences or how and what we talk about in a conversation. 
Exponential family models provide a reliable foundation and building block for 
usable and interpretable discourse models. More generally, they are an 
indispensable technique within human language processing, human language 
technologies, and other fields. In this talk, we will explore a number of 
exponential family discourse models, along with effective inference strategies, 
that can achieve consistent 10% improvement in capturing latent meaning
expectations and nearly an order of magnitude improvement in intrinsic and 
holistic probabilistic evaluations.

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