Doctoral Thesis: Joint Multilingual Learning for Coreference Resolution

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Event Speaker: 

Andreea Bodnari

Event Location: 

32-G449 (Kiva)

Event Date/Time: 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 3:00pm

 

Natural language is a pervasive human skill not yet fully achievable by automated computing systems. The main challenge is understanding how to computationally model both the depth and the breadth of natural languages. In this thesis, I present two probabilistic models that systematically model both the depth and the breadth of natural languages for two different linguistic tasks: syntactic parsing and joint learning of named entity recognition and coreference resolution.

The syntactic parsing model outperforms current state of the art models by discov- ering linguistic information shared across languages at the granular level of a sentence. The coreference resolution system is one of the first attempts at joint multilingual modeling of named entity recognition and coreference resolution with limited linguis- tic resources. It performs second best on three out of four languages when compared to state of the art systems built with rich linguistic resources. I show that we can simultaneously model both the depth and the breadth of natural languages using the underlying linguistic structure shared across languages.

 

Thesis Supervisor(s): Peter Szolovits, Pierre Zweigenbaum, Ozlem Uzuner