Julie Weeds

Lecturer in Data Science
Department of Informatics
University of Sussex
Brighton
BN1 9QH, UK


Bio

* MA Computer Science (1st class) Trinity Hall, Cambridge University 1995 - 1998.

* MPhil Computer Speech and Language Processing, Cambridge University 1999-2000

* DPhil Natural Language Processing, University of Sussex, under the supervision of David Weir 2000 - 2003.

* Secondary Mathematics teacher, 2005 - 2011

* Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Sussex, 2003 - 2005 and 2012 - 2016 (PT)

Full CV


Academic Work

My research interests lie generally in the field of Statistical Natural Language Processing and machine learning. My doctorate was on measures and applications of lexical distributional similarity. From 2003 to 2005 I worked on the use of ontologies in the area of natural language service composition. Between 2012 and 2015, I worked on DisCo, a joint research project, investigating formal and distributional models of compositional semantics, between the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Sussex and York. From 2015 to 2016 I was a part-time research fellow in the Sussex Humanities Lab, a new research centre for the digital humanities. I am now a lecturer in Data Science and long-standing member of the TAG lab. My specific interests are the evaluation of models for composing vector representations of meaning, distinguishing different semantic relations automatically and linguistic variation. I am also interested in the application of natural language processing and machine learning techniques to large datasets to discover meaningful insights.

I am currently looking for research students so if you are interested in completing a PhD at Sussex in any of these areas (and have at least a 2:1 in a relevant discipline), please contact me. There is a scholarship from the University of Sussex available for an excellent student wishing to undertake research in the area of compositional distributional semantics.

Publications

2017

When a Red Herring is Not a Red Herring: Using Compositional Methods to Detect Non-Compositional Phrases Julie Weeds, Thomas Kober, Jeremy Reffin and David Weir. To appear in Proceedings of the European Chapter of the ACL (EACL-2017), April 2017

One Representation per Word - Does it Make Sense for Composition Thomas Kober, Julie Weeds, John Wilkie, Jeremy Reffin and David Weir. To appear in Proceedings of EACL Workshop on Sense, Concept and Entity Representations and their Applications, April 2017

2016

Aligning Packed Dependency Trees: a theory of composition for distributional semantics David Weir, Julie Weeds, Jeremy Reffin and Thomas Kober. Computational Linguistics 42(4) special issue on Formal Distributional Semantics (preprint version): pp 727-761. December 2016

Improving Sparse Word Representations with Distributional Inference for Semantic Composition Thomas Kober, Julie Weeds, Jeremy Reffin and David Weir. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Empirical Methods for Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2016). November 2016

A Critique of Word Similarity as a Method for Evaluating Distributional Semantic Models Miroslav Batchkarov, Thomas Kober, Jeremy Reffin, Julie Weeds and David Weir. In Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Evaluating Vector Space Representations for NLP (ACL 2016) August 2016

2014

Learning to Distinguish Hypernyms and Co-Hyponyms Julie Weeds, Daoud Clarke, Jeremy Reffin, David Weir and Bill Keller. In Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2014) August 2014. Honourable mention in best paper awards

Distributional Composition using Higher-Order Dependency Vectors Julie Weeds, David Weir and Jeremy Reffin. In Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Continuous Vector Space Models and their Compositionality (EACL 2014) April 2014.

2007

Unsupervised Acquistion of Predominant Word Senses. Diana McCarthy, Rob Koeling, Julie Weeds, John Carroll. In Computation Linguistics Issue 33-4 December 2007.

2005

Co-occurrence Retrieval: a Flexible Framework for Distributional Similarity. Julie Weeds and David Weir. In Computational Linguistics Issue 31-4 December 2005.

Using Distributional Similarity to Organise Biomedical Terminology. Julie Weeds, James Dowdall, Gerold Schneider, Bill Keller and David Weir. In Special Issue of Terminology on Application-Driven Terminology Engineering Issue 11-1 June 2005.

The Distributional Similarity of Sub-parses. Julie Weeds, David Weir and Bill Keller. In Proceedings of the ACL2005 Workshop on Textual Entailment. Ann Arbor. June 2005.

Middleware for User-Controlled Environments. Bill Keller, Tim Owen, Ian Wakeman, Julie Weeds and David Weir. In Proceedings of the PerWare Workshop, PerCom 2005. Hawaii. March 2005

Managing the Policies of Non-Technical Users in a Dynamic World. Tim Owen, Ian Wakeman, Bill Keller, Julie Weeds and David Weir. In IEEE Workshop on Policy for Distributed Systems and Networks (Policy 2005)

User Policies in Pervasive Computing Environments. Jon Rimmer, Tim Owen, Ian Wakeman, Bill Keller, Julie Weeds and David Weir. In Proceedings of the Pervasive 2005 workshop on User Experience Design for Pervasive Computing. 2005

2004

Characterising Measures of Lexical Distributional Similarity. Julie Weeds, David Weir and Diana McCarthy. In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference of Computational Linguistics, COLING-2004. Geneva, Switzerland. August 2004

Automatic Identification of Infrequent Word Senses. Diana McCarthy, Rob Koeling, Julie Weeds and John Carroll. In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference of Computational Linguistics, COLING-2004. Geneva, Switzerland. August 2004

Finding Predominant Senses in Untagged Text. Diana McCarthy, Rob Koeling, Julie Weeds and John Carroll. In Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Barcelona, Spain. July 2004. ACL best paper award

Using Automatically Acquired Predominant Senses for Word Sense Disambiguation Diana McCarthy, Rob Koeling, Julie Weeds and John Carroll. In Proceedings of the ACL Senseval-3 Workshop. Barcelona, Spain. July 2004.

Natural Language Expression of User Policies in Pervasive Computing Environments Julie Weeds, Bill Keller, David Weir, Ian Wakeman, Jon Rimmer and Tim Owen. In Proceedings of OntoLex 2004 (LREC Workshop on Ontologies and Lexical Resources in Distributed Environments). Lisbon, Portugal. May 2004

2003

Measures and Applications of Lexical Distributional Similarity Julie Weeds. Unpublished doctoral thesis. University of Sussex. 2003

A General Framework for Distributional Similarity Julie Weeds and David Weir. In Proceedings of the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2003). Sapporo, Japan. July 2003

Finding and Evaluating Sets of Nearest Neighbours. (pdf) Julie Weeds and David Weir. In Proceedings of the 2nd Conference of Corpus Linguistics. Lancaster. March 2003

Smoothing Using Nearest Neighbours. Julie Weeds. In Proceedings of the Sixth UK Special Interest Group for Computational Linguistics (CLUK6). Edinburgh. January 2003

2000-2002

The Reliability of a Similarity Measure. Julie Weeds. In Proceedings of the Fifth UK Special Interest Group for Computational Linguistics (CLUK5). Leeds. January 2002

Building Semantic Hierarchies from Machine Readable Dictionaries. In Proceedings of the Fourth UK Special Interest Group for Computational Linguistics UK (CLUK4) Sheffield. January 2001

Word Sense Disambiguation Using CIDE+Julie Weeds. Unpublished MPhil Thesis. Cambridge University. 2000 (this is about semi-automatically extracting a semantic hierarchy of noun senses from a machine readable dictionary).