Keeping Up With Evolving Languages

As languages change over time, NLP tools and models must keep pace. This talk gives practical examples of how NLP tools can be adjusted for modern languages that are diverging, merging, and evolving at a rapid pace as people try to write how they speak.

We will review the example text from the internet and discuss best practice approaches to accurately processing this text.

About the speaker

Kfir Bar 

Chief Scientist at Basis Tech

Kfir Bar is the Chief Scientist at Basis Technology. He has spent many years working in a wide range of natural language processing (NLP) disciplines, including statistical machine translation, named entity recognition, and digital-humanity applications. Kfir is a big fan of combining linguistic knowledge with sophisticated AI algorithms for extracting the most important information from a piece of text.

Before Basis, Kfir worked for Intuview as CTO, supporting national security and counter-terrorism missions by deducing authorship, sentiment, intent, and other contextual information. In 2013, he co-founded Comprendi, which transforms big data into actionable marketing insights. Comprendi served some large scale advertisers in different verticals, with great success.

In 2016 Kfir’s team won the 2016 Twitter #Promote challenge, for a $250K prize in cash. Kfir is a lecturer at Bar Ilan University, COLMAN, and IDC (all are universities in Israel), where he teaches courses in computer science, digital humanities, machine learning, and natural language processing. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Tel Aviv University for a thesis on Semantics and Machine Translation, titled “Deriving Paraphrases for Highly Inflected Languages, with a Focus on Machine Translation.

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