Jacob Eisenstein

I'm an Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech, where I lead the Computational Linguistics Laboratory. I work on machine learning approaches to understanding human language. I'm especially interested in non-standard language, discourse, computational social science, and statistical machine learning.

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Some recent publications

Systematic Patterning in Phonologically-Motivated Orthographic Variation. Eisenstein. Journal of Sociolinguistics, April 2015.
Patterns of phonological variation find their way into writing at a surprisingly deep level, with written analogues of spoken variables reflecting syntactic and phonological conditioning. [preprint]
One Vector is Not Enough: Entity-Augmented Distributed Semantics for Discourse Relations. Ji and Eisenstein. TACL, in press.
A two-pass recursive neural network for identifying implicit discourse relations in the Penn Discourse Treebank.
“You're Mr. Lebowski, I'm The Dude”: Inducing address term formality in signed social networks. Krishnan and Eisenstein. NAACL 2015 (best student paper!).
Finding address terms in text, and inducing their formality in a joint probabilistic model of content and social network structure.
Unsupervised multi-domain adaptation with feature embeddings. Yang and Eisenstein. NAACL 2015.
A simple, effective approach to unsupervised domain adaptation in NLP applications. Also, the first algorithm for unsupervised domain adaptation across a space of many multi-attribute domains. [code]
Diffusion of lexical variation in online social media. Eisenstein, O'Connor, Smith, and Xing. PLOS-ONE, November 2014.
An analysis of changes in word popularity over time and space, correlated with macro-level demographic features of American metropolitan areas.
Identifying regional dialects in online social media. Eisenstein. To be published in the Handbook of Dialectology, 2015.
A survey of my work on computational analysis of social media to better understand dialect variation.


Recent and upcoming presentations and visits

  • Jelinek Memorial Summer Workshop on Language Technology, July-August 2015
  • NAACL, Denver, June 2015. Invited keynote at the SocialNLP workshop. [slides]
  • International Conference on Learning Representations, San Diego, May 2015
  • AFOSR Program Review, May 2015
  • DIGI@UGA Digital Humanities event, University of Georgia, April 2015 [slides]
  • Southeastern Conference on Linguistics, Raleigh NC, April 2015
  • University of Georgia Digital Humanities Day, April 2015
  • Stanford Linguistics Colloquium, February 2015
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, Feburary 2015 in San Jose [slides]
  • NIPS Workshop on Modern Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing, Montreal, December 2014 [slides]
  • Atlanta Workshop on Computational Social Science, November 2014
  • Symposium on Computation and Journalism, New York, October 2014
  • Methods in Dialectology (Keynote), Groningen, August 2014
  • Association for Computational Linguistics, Baltimore, June 2014
  • Stanford Conference on Computational Social Science, April 2014. [video]
  • Facebook, April 2014

Professional service

All this reviewing takes a lot of time! Please don't be offended if I decline additional requests, particularly from non-OA venues.


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