Category: natural language processing (NLP)

A Humanist Apologetic of Natural Language Processing; or A New Introduction to NLTK. A Guest Post by Teddy Roland, University of California, Berkeley

Computer reading can feel like a Faustian bargain. Sure, we can learn about linguistic patterns in literary texts, but it comes at the expense of their richness. At bottom, the computer simply doesn't know what or how words mean. Instead, it merely recognizes strings of characters and tallies them. Statistical models then try to identify relationships among the tallies. How could this begin to capture anything like irony or affect or subjectivity that we take as our entry point to interpretive study?

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Prof. David Bamman to Offer Interdisciplinary Critical Data Science Course Spring 2016

This fall, David Bamman joined the School of Information faculty as an Assistant Professor. His research in natural language processing and machine learning has direct applications for digital humanities scholarship. Bamman himself has a background in the humanities, including undergraduate studies in classics and English literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Boston University.

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Python in Service of the Beautiful and Weird: Kyle Booten Teaches "Poetry and Technology: A Digital Verse Lab"

Screenshot: "STATE OF nature," a digital poem, uses agnet-based modeling and natural language processing to tell the story of the eve or twiligh tof a civilization. According to the non-deterministic algorithms, people have children, steal, kill, create and use simple tools, give gifts, and invent religions. Virus-like, these beliefs mutate over time as the civilization grows and language spreads.

This summer, Kyle Booten, Ph.D. candidate in Education with a designated emphasis in New Media, explored the fundamentals of Python programming through digital poetry with his undergraduate students. Meeting for six short weeks at the Berkeley Center for New Media, “Poetry and Technology: A Digital Verse Lab” students worked together in groups to produce works of digital poetry.

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Professor Marti Hearst Presents Keynote on Education and NLP at Association for Computational Linguistics Conference

Screenshot of Wordcraft game depicting a 5 word sentence game

Marti Hearst, Professor of Information and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, recently presented a keynote titled, “Can Natural Language Processing Become Natural Language Coaching?” at the annual meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics. Hosted in Beijing, this year’s conference attracted 950 attendees.

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