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schtepf [Distributional Semantics – A Practical Introduction (ESSLLI 2016 & 2018)]
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schtepf [Course description]
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 +Distributional semantic models (DSM) – also known as “word space” or “distributional similarity” models – are based on the assumption that the meaning of a word can (at least to a certain extent) be inferred from its usage, i.e. its distribution in text. Therefore, these models dynamically build semantic representations – in the form of high-dimensional vector spaces – through a statistical analysis of the contexts in which words occur. DSMs are a promising technique for solving the lexical acquisition bottleneck by unsupervised learning, and their distributed representation provides a cognitively plausible, robust and flexible architecture for the organisation and processing of semantic information.
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 +This course aims to equip participants with the background knowledge and skills needed to build different kinds of DSM representations – from traditional “count” models to neural word embeddings – and apply them to a wide range of tasks. It is accompanied by practical exercises with the user-friendly [[http://​www.r-project.org/​|R]] software package [[http://​wordspace.r-forge.r-project.org/​|wordspace]] and various pre-built models.
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 +**Lecturer:​** [[http://​www.stefan-evert.de/​|Stefan Evert]] (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)