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Integrating Human Cognition with Natural Language Processing

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  • UserYevgeni Berzak (Technion)
  • ClockFriday 05 November 2021, 12:00-13:00
  • HouseVirtual (Zoom).

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I will present a line of research which aims to create a new framework for integrating the scientific study of human cognition with the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP). This framework puts forward the idea that NLP systems and machine learning techniques can be highly instrumental for modeling how humans learn and process language. In a complementary vein, it posits that cognitive theory and behavioral data from human language processing can facilitate the development of NLP systems which can process language effectively. In this talk I will focus on work which develops these ideas using eye movements during reading. I will first demonstrate the informativeness of human gaze by using it to infer the linguistic background of readers and shed light on cross-linguistic influence in language comprehension. I will then present an approach for leveraging eye movements during question answering for improving machine reading comprehension. Finally, I will discuss a real-world application for assessment of linguistic proficiency as an automatic byproduct of ordinary reading.

This talk is part of the NLIP Seminar Series series.

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