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AI and Literature – LLCU 301

AI and Literature – LLCU 301

If you’re interested in how NLP, AI, machine learning and computational language models are changing how we understand and study storytelling, then come check out my course LLCU 301. Blurb and time below. AI and Literature MW 11:35-12:55 How does the automated processing of language 

Computationally Modelling The Shape of Stories: A Research Program

Computationally Modelling The Shape of Stories: A Research Program

I’ll be giving a keynote address to the 4th Workshop on Narrative Understanding at this year‘s NAACL conference. I’m pasting in the abstract below. The motivation behind the talk is that there has been a lot of interesting work over the years exploring how to 

Why? Capturing causal reasoning in narrative

Why? Capturing causal reasoning in narrative

One of the principal reasons we tell stories is to explain why something happened. A story consists of the recounting of a series of events. The causes of those events are often attached to different agents, either more or less explicitly. Narrative is a powerful 

Buying the news

Buying the news

We have a new piece out in the journal, New Media and Society, by lead author and lab student, Benjamin LeBrun, on the effects of hedge fund ownership on local news coverage. We were inspired to start this project by a piece that appeared back 

Hathi1M: Introducing a Million Page Historical Prose Dataset in English from the Hathi Trust

Hathi1M: Introducing a Million Page Historical Prose Dataset in English from the Hathi Trust

Really pleased to announce the release of a new data set that I’ve been working on with my collaborator Sunyam Bagga. In it we build on the prior work of Ted Underwood and his team to develop parallel corpora of fiction and non-fiction writing over 

Introducing the World Literature Data Collective

Introducing the World Literature Data Collective

Welcome to the next moonshot. Together with a growing and dynamic group of researchers I am extremely proud to announce a new initiative aimed at understanding human storytelling across numerous world cultures. The goal of globalizing our understanding of storytelling has long been a dream 

Gettin’ into GitHub

Gettin’ into GitHub

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to get stuff off my computer and onto GitHub. I know I’m late to the party. But better late than never. GitHub is an amazing resource where researchers all over the world share code. When we talk about 

The difference Queer FanFic makes

The difference Queer FanFic makes

Fanfic isn’t all about sex. It’s about connection. Two students in our lab, Nikoo Sarraf and Jennifer Chen, have a new lab collaboration paper out that explores the way queer fanfiction differs from mainstream publishing. As they write in their introduction: Fanfiction is a powerful