RuCCS Colloquia

Steven Abney (University of Michigan, Computational Linguistics)
Bootstrapping and Linguistics
Bootstrapping and Linguistics
Steven Abney
University of Michigan, Computational Linguistics


An area of current interest in computational linguistics is semi-supervised learning, or bootstrapping. Two of the most popular bootstrapping algorithms are co-training and the Yarowsky algorithm. I discuss why these algorithms work. I also discuss what they have to do with linguistics, suggesting in particular how bootstrapping methods can be used to aid the analysis of undocumented languages.

The RuCCS Colloquia Series is organized by Dr. Manish Singh. The talks are held on Tuesdays in the Psychology Building, Room 101 on the Busch Campus from 1:00-2:30pm.

After each talk from 2:30-3:00pm a coffee service is provided in the Center for Cognitive Science Room A139. All are invited to come and meet the speaker.

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