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Students to Present Computational Linguistics Research in Singapore

By ­MM News

June 15, 2009

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Elijah Mayfield from the University of Minnesota at Morris will be among the students presenting papers during the Student Workshop for the 47th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. His paper, "Sentence Diagram Generation Using Dependency Parsing," relied on a computer program to convert linguistic graphs into sentence diagrams using an analysis of the relationships between words. "I felt that I was working at a graduate level, and [my paper's acceptance at the conference] confirms that belief," says Mayfield.

The largest conference in the field of computational linguistics is scheduled for Aug. 2-7, 2009, in Singapore, and is paying for his trip. Mayfield's research builds off of his work for a capstone project for the university's honors program. "He's been fun to work with in large part because of his independence and imagination, both of which contribute to his success so far in computational linguistics," says professor Janet Schrunk Ericksen, who advised Mayfield on principles of grammar and sentence diagramming.

Mayfield, who has served as the ACM Club President for Morris, plans to attend graduate school at the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University next year.

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