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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   CfP: Corpus Profiling Workshop at IIiX 2008
Email:   udo_(on)_essex.ac.uk
Date received:   24 Jul 2008
Deadline:   15 Aug 2008
Start date:   18 Oct 2008

Call for Papers: Corpus Profiling for Information Retrieval and Natural Language Processing Workshop 2008 18 October 2008 London Submission deadline: 15 August 2008 http://kmi.open.ac.uk/events/corpus-profiling/index.php ----------------------------------- PURPOSE ----------------------------------- We aim to bring together people from different research communities interested in exploring how corpus characteristics affect the behaviour of techniques in information retrieval and natural language processing, and to set out a roadmap for a shared research agenda. It is well known in NLP and IR that the effectiveness of a technique depends on both the data on which it is deployed and its match with the task at hand. In 1973, Spärck-Jones attributed differing degrees of success at automatic classification to differences in dataset characteristics. Since Croft and Harper (1979), IR performance has repeatedly been related to collection size and other features, though no upper bound has been found. The importance of data and task dependencies has been highlighted in IR, anaphora resolution, automatic summarization and recently, in word sense disambiguation. Many web/enterprise web retrieval systems rely on URL properties, link graph properties, click streams, and so on, with performance dependent on the degree to which this evidence is present and meaningful in a particular corpus. Systematically exploring features that can be used effectively to characterise corpora, has been missing from IR/NLP research. This creates problems with replicability of experimental results and the development of applications. The time is right to pursue this dependence systematically to address topics in tracking the effect of dataset profile on technique performance. Over the past 15 years, the approaches of several subject areas have converged with IR, as large corpora and test collections assume central importance in research methodologies. These areas have highlighted issues surrounding the role of data. ----------------------------------- WORKSHOP FORMAT ----------------------------------- The workshop will be a day long, in conjunction with the Information Interaction in Context (IIiX'2008, http://irsg.bcs.org/iiix2008/). The workshop will have three components: (1) invited talks in the morning, introducing the background from different perspectives (2) two afternoon sessions, presenting peer-reviewed papers (3) a panel discussion (panel composed of presenters and the organizers). ----------------------------------- TOPICS OF INTEREST ----------------------------------- We welcome original research or position papers. We particularly encourage postgraduate students or postdoctoral researchers to submit papers. Topics of interest include, but are NOT LIMITED to, the following areas: * Suitable features to characterise text/language variety, capturing known effects on technique performance with respect to a task; * Tasks that depend on aspects of corpus profiles, (e.g., the positive correlation of QA performance with fact frequency in a corpus); * Limitations of context-independent frequency-based measures, and exploration of measures that highlight complex dependencies; * Tools/techniques for characterising a feature or the extent to which it is manifested in a corpus; * Evaluation methodologies for testing feature candidates relative to task/technique; * Learnability of features (cf. meta-level learning for classification algorithms). ----------------------------------- IMPORTANT DATES ----------------------------------- 15 August 2008: Paper submission due 12 September 2008: Notification of acceptance/rejection 26 September 2008: Camera-ready due 18 October 2008: Workshop ----------------------------------- SUBMISSION GUIDELINES ----------------------------------- Original technical papers, short papers and position papers are all welcome. Please ensure that your submission does not exceed 5,000 words in length. Use 10 point font size, double column for body text, and 12 point bold for headings. Please send your submission in PDF to all the three organizers (A.Deroeck_(at)_open.ac.uk; d.song_(at)_open.ac.uk; udo_(at)_essex.ac.uk) with subject "Corpus Profiling workshop submission". We will publish the accepted papers electronically through BCS's Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC), together with the extended abstracts of invited talks, a summary of the panel discussion. We will seek to pursue the research thread through further workshops at relevant conferences. We plan to organize a post-workshop special issue on a suitable IR or NLP related journal. ----------------------------------- PROGRAMME COMMITTEE ----------------------------------- Anne De Roeck (The Open University) Udo Kruschwitz (University of Essex) Ruslan Mitkov (University of Wolverhampton) Nikolaos Nanas (CERETETH, Greece) Michael Oakes (University of Sunderland) Ian Ruthven (University of Strathclyde) Dawei Song (KMi, The Open University) Tomek Strzalkowski (SUNY Albany) Alistair Willis (The Open University) For further information please visit http://kmi.open.ac.uk/events/corpus-profiling/index.php _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(at)_elsnet.org http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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