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DC NLP November 2014 Meetup Announcement: Introduction to Topic Modeling with LDA

Curious about techniques and methods for applying data science to unstructured text? Join us at the DC NLP November Meetup!

This month's event features an overview of Latent Dirichlet Allocation and probabilistic topic modeling.

Topic models are a family of models to estimate the distribution of abstract concepts (topics) that make up a collection of documents. Over the last several years, the popularity of topic modeling has swelled. One model, Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA), is especially popular.

DC NLP October 2014 Meetup Announcement: Automated Query Parsing, and Fact Checking with Truth Teller

Curious about techniques and methods for applying data science to unstructured text? Join us at the DC NLP October Meetup!

This month features an introduction to the art of automated query parsing, and a discussion of a WaPo app that automates some of the tedium of fact checking.

Tony Maull is a Senior Director of Enterprise at DataRPM. He will discuss the differences between computational search and content search. His primary focus is how the computation can be relied upon when a natural language question can be asked any number of ways but still needs to drive a consistently accurate answer.

DC NLP September 2014 Meetup Announcement: Natural Language Processing for Assistive Technologies

Curious about techniques and methods for applying data science to unstructured text? Join us at the DC NLP September Meetup!

This month, we're joined by Kathy McCoy, Professor of Computer & Information Science and Linguistics at the University of Delaware. Kathy is also a consultant for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) at the U.S. Department of Education. Her research focuses on natural language generation and understanding, particularly for assistive technologies, and she'll be giving a presentation on Replicating Semantic Connections Made by Visual Readers for a Scanning System for Nonvisual Readers.

Natural Language Processing DC Discussion List

Data Community DC is pleased to announce a new service to the area data community: topic-specific discussion lists! In this way we hope to extend the successes of our Meetups and workshops by providing a way for groups of local people with similar interests to maintain contact and have ongoing discussions. In a previous post, we announced the formation of the Deep Learning Discussion List for those interested in Deep Learning topics. The second topic-specific discussion group has just been created, a collaboration between Charlie Greenbacker (@greenbacker) and the DC-NLP Meetup Group and Ben Bengfort (@bbengfort) and DIDC - both specialists in Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics.

If you're interested in Natural Language Processing and want to be part of the discussion, sign up here:

https://groups.google.com/a/datacommunitydc.org/d/forum/nlp

This discussion group is intended for computational linguists, data scientists, software engineers, students, faculty, and anyone interested in the automatic processing of natural language by a computer! NLP has received a big boost in recent years thanks to modern machine learning techniques - and has made tasks like automatic classification of language as well information extraction techniques part of our every day lives. The next phase of NLP involves machine understanding and translation, text summarization and generation, as well semantic reasoning across texts. These topics are the forefront of science and should be discussed in a community of brilliant people, which is why we have created this group! From current events to interesting topics to questions and answers, please use this group as a platform to engage with your fellow data scientists on the topic of language processing!

We hope to see you on the group soon!

DC NLP January Meetup Announcement: Linguistic Libations

Curious about techniques and methods for applying data science to unstructured text? Join us at the DC NLP January Meetup! JBG_at_DCNLP

We're meeting a week later than usual this month due to the holidays, so please join us onJanuary 15th to socialize, network, and hear about the work people are doing with NLP, computational linguistics, text analytics, and more.

Many folks are still just getting back to normal after the New Year's festivities, and the local universities are on Winter break, both of which may conspire to limit our attendance in January. Rather than taking a month off, let's meet to share stories about what we've all been working on lately and see where the evening takes us. If a more substantive conversation spontaneously emerges -- a heated debate on the inherent challenges of sentiment analysis, perhaps -- all the better. Think of it as a combination of happy hour, unconference, and mini-hackathon all rolled into one. Please feel free to bring your laptop and get some work done while having a drink or two, grabbing a bite to eat, and enjoying interesting NLP-related discussions.

We'll return to our regular programming in February with formal presentations, so please let us know if you'd be interested in giving a talk at any of our future monthly meetups.

DC NLP January Meetup Wednesday, January 15, 2014

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Stetsons Famous Bar & Grill 1610 U Street Northwest, Washington, DC

The DC NLP meetup group is for anyone in the Washington, D.C. area working in (or interested in) Natural Language Processing. Our meetings will be an opportunity for folks to network, give presentations about their work or research projects, learn about the latest advancements in our field, and exchange ideas or brainstorm. Topics may include computational linguistics, machine learning, text analytics, data mining, information extraction, speech processing, sentiment analysis, and much more.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit: http://www.meetup.com/DC-NLP/events/154933962/

DC NLP December Meetup Announcement: Open Mic Night!

Curious about techniques and methods for applying data science to unstructured text? Join us at the DC NLP December Meetup! Let's experiment with something different this month for the meetup format. At past events, we've had either one 60-minute talk or three 20-minute talks. For December, we're going to try out an "open mic night" format. Here's how it'll work:

  • Everyone who wants to (time permitting) will get 5 to 10 minutes to talk about anything they like. You can give a quick talk about something you've been working on, ask a question about a problem you've been struggling with, run a demo for a interesting tool you've found, etc.
  • The only rule in terms of content is that it must be related to natural language processing.
  • You can use slides or a computer, but it's certainly not required. You can just get up in front of the group and ramble on for 5-10 minutes if you like. We won't judge you.
  • Essentially, it'll be an hour or so of impromptu lightning talks, hopefully with a high degree of audience interaction.

DC NLP December Meetup Wednesday, December 11, 2013 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Stetsons Famous Bar & Grill 1610 U Street Northwest, Washington, DC

The DC NLP meetup group is for anyone in the Washington, D.C. area working in (or interested in) Natural Language Processing. Our meetings will be an opportunity for folks to network, give presentations about their work or research projects, learn about the latest advancements in our field, and exchange ideas or brainstorm. Topics may include computational linguistics, machine learning, text analytics, data mining, information extraction, speech processing, sentiment analysis, and much more. For more information and to RSVP, please visit: http://www.meetup.com/DC-NLP/events/142924742/

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October DC-NLP MeetUp Announcement

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Our first regularly-scheduled monthly meetup was held at Stetsons Famous Bar & Grill in Adams Morgan a few weeks ago, and we had such a blast that we decided to do it again in October. Please join us for a captivating set of presentations, stimulating conversation, and refreshing libations.

At our next meetup on Wednesday, October 9, we'll host three 20-minute talks on various NLP topics:

  • Mihai Lintean recently received his doctoral degree in Computer Science from the University of Memphis and is currently working as a Research Scientist at Carney Labs. He'll describe his dissertation research in short-text semantic similarity assessment.
  • Liz Merkhofer recently completed a Master's degree in Linguistics at Georgetown University, and is now a Data Scientist at Berico Technologies. This presentation will cover her current work in rapid, large-scale text analytics based on a combination of NLP and OLAP
  • Tommy Jones is a statistician at the Science and Technology Policy Institute. He has an MS in mathematics and statistics from Georgetown University. Tommy has expertise in regression analyses, time series modeling, data mining, and other quantitative techniques. His talk will discuss methodologies for document clustering.
  • The DC NLP meetup group is for anyone in the Washington, D.C. area working in, or interested in learning about, Natural Language Processing (NLP). Our meetings will be an opportunity for folks to network, give presentations about their work or research projects, learn about the latest advancements in our field, and exchange ideas or brainstorm. Topics may include computational linguistics, machine learning, text analytics, data mining, information extraction, speech processing, sentiment analysis, and much more.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit: http://www.meetup.com/DC-NLP/events/142924012/

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