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Bill MacCartney
Works at Google
Attended Stanford
Lives in Mountain View, CA
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NLP friends: good survey paper for question answering (QA)?
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Nerds: your market value is very, very high.  "Some programmers are even being wooed for their celebrity potential by talent-management agencies that also represent musicians or sports stars. Look out for the rise of the geek entourage."
AT A recent dinner party in Silicon Valley, Schumpeter was chatting with an impressive entrepreneur who was grumbling about how hard it was to find a decent date....
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I'm going to be speaking at the inaugural meeting of the ACM SIGAI (Artificial Intelligence) Bay Area Chapter on Wednesday evening.  My talk will survey recent progress in NLU, including relation extraction, semantic parsing, vector-space models of meaning, and sentiment analysis.  Should be fun!
ACM SIGAI (Artificial Intelligence) Bay Area Chapter inaugural meeting Title: Understanding Natural Language Understanding Abstract:  Human language is the ultimate user interface.  As computers migrate from desktop to pocket, car, home, and face, we increasingly rely on them to understand the meaning of our words.  In this talk, I will survey the rapidly-evolving field of natural language understanding (NLU), including sentiment analysis, relati...
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Is everyone going to learn English, or is machine translation going to make that unnecessary?
LAST week’s column looked at how machine translation (MT) has—and has not—improved. Free services like Bing and Google Translate can give quick-and-dirty,...
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Language modeling. Now less perplexing!!!
 
Love what Google is doing here: "We believe that the field could benefit from a large, standard set with benchmarks for easy comparison and experiments with new modeling techniques. To that end, we are releasing scripts that convert a set of public data into a language model consisting of over a billion words, with standardized training and test splits ... [and] the processed data in one convenient location, along with the training and test data. This will make it much easier for the research community to quickly reproduce results, and we hope will speed up progress on these tasks. The field needs a new and better standard benchmark. Currently, researchers report from a set of their choice, and results are very hard to reproduce because of a lack of a standard in preprocessing. We hope that this will solve both those problems."
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Best and most succinct explanation of the Gricean maxim of cooperativity.  From +JP de Ruiter and pic.twitter.com/7jUvCgxzpa.
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Great article on the challenges of developing and maintaining big machine learning systems, especially over long time scales and within large organizations.  Over the last few years, I've grappled with many of these issues in my own work.
Venue. SE4ML: Software Engineering for Machine Learning (NIPS 2014 Workshop). Publication Year. 2014. Authors. D. Sculley, Gary Holt, Daniel Golovin, Eugene Davydov, Todd Phillips, Dietmar Ebner, Vinay Chaudhary, Michael Young. BibTeX. @inproceedings{43146, title = {Machine Learning: The High ...
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Colbert complained that Google got his height wrong, and threatened to sue.  So we fixed it.  Go ahead, ask your phone.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/stephen-colbert-threatens-sue-google-741282
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I suffer from chronic kairosclerosis, but never knew what to call it.
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In case you've been wondering why attractive women you don't know keep friending you on Facebook or G+.  Social media bots keep human hours, share photos, and converse with each other, in order to appear more lifelike and avoid getting deleted.  Most amazingly, they're being used by major political parties in Mexico, Turkey, and Syria to influence political discourse.  But I'm sure that would never happen here.
By using social media bots, celebrities, politicians and others can falsely inflate the number of friends and followers they have, possibly swaying public opinion about a new song — or a policy position.
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Research Scientist
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  • Google
    Senior Research Scientist, 2010 - present
  • Stanford University
    Consulting Assistant Professor, 2013 - present
  • Stanford University
    Lecturer, 2010 - 2013
  • Aardvark
    Senior Research Scientist, 2009 - 2010
  • SayIt
    Co-founder & VP Product, 1999 - 2000
  • D. E. Shaw & Co.
    Quant/Trader, 1996 - 1998
  • Cycorp
    Ontological Engineer, 1994 - 1995
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San Francisco, CA - New York, NY - Washington, DC - Austin, TX - Boston, MA - Frankfurt, Germany - Princeton, NJ
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a natural language processor
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I'm a Senior Research Scientist at Google, where I work on natural language understanding (NLU) for search, Google Now, and other products. In the past, I've worked on a range of problems in natural language processing (NLP), applied machine learning (ML), information retrieval, data mining, user modeling, and personalization.

I'm also a Consulting Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford.  Since 2010, I've taught CS224U: Natural Language Understanding.  This is a grad-level class, cross-listed between Computer Science and Linguistics, with an enrollment of about 85 students.

I completed my Ph.D. in Computer Science at Stanford in 2009. I was advised by Prof. Chris Manning, and was a member of the NLP research group and the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. My doctoral research focused on probabilistic approaches to computational semantics and the problem of natural language inference.  I published a number of well-regarded academic papers in NLP, and won the Best Paper award at the 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics in 2008.  I was also co-author of the Stanford typed dependency parser, which has been cited more than 1,200 times.
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  • Stanford
    Computer Science, 2003 - 2009
  • Princeton
    Philosophy, 1986 - 1990
  • J. W. Goethe Universität, Frankfurt
    Philosophy, 1990 - 1991
  • Phillips Exeter Academy
    1983 - 1986
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