Friday, December 25, 2009

A Memory of Vic Chesnutt

After I graduated from high school, I got on a bus and went to Athens for two weeks, and had the best possible experience an 18-year-old music junkie could have had at the time. It's unbelievable but true. I met Michael Stipe (how exactly is a story in itself) and ended up spending almost a half day with him. We hung out in the R.E.M. office in downtown Athens while listening to Pylon rehearse in the basement. We went to his house and had a drink. We went to a cafe and later, before he dropped me off at the city park where I was camping, a bar. The next morning I got kicked out of the park and ended up camping uninvited on the roof of the R.E.M. office. The woman who ran the fan club noticed me through a window sleeping in the sun. I woke up with a bag next to me; it had a tube of sunscreen and some fruit. Turns out her boyfriend, Armistead Wellford, was the bass player in Love Tractor. She arranged for me to stay in a big old house where a lot of the band members lived. All of that was more than I imagined would happen when I got on the Greyhound bus in Fargo, North Dakota.

But in retrospect the most significant thing I saw there was when Stipe and I were at the cafe. He introduced me to some people at a table -- two women who I don't remember, and a man in a wheelchair, Vic Chesnutt. A cassette player played recording of one of Vic's live performances. While we sat at the table and talked, Stipe told Chesnutt that he'd like to help him record a record. It was the summer of 1988. Two years later New West Records released Chesnutt's Little, which Stipe produced.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Wiki terminology, like wikipedia, not optimized for search.

In MediaWiki terms, including a page in another page is called transclusion, an accurate word, but not one that automatically comes to mind. I searched for "macros" and "include" for a while and, after a few minutes, found a page that mentions transclusion.

More papers to read

From a comment on the Natural Language Processing blog, classic papers in NLP:

  • [Bahl et al., 1983] L.R. Bahl, F. Jelinek and R.L. Mercer. "A Maximum Likelihood Approach to Continuous Speech Recognition." IEEE Journal of Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence.
  • [Charniak, 1983] Eugene Charniak. Passing Markers: A Theory of Contextual Influence in Language Comprehension, Cognitive Science, 7, pp. 171-190.
  • [Charniak, 1973] Jack and Janet in Search of a Theory of Knowledge. In Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (1973)
  • [Charniak, 1977] Eugene Charniak. Ms. Malaprop, A Language Comprehension Program. In Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (1977).
  • [Cohen et al. 1982] Philip R. Cohen, C. Raymond Perrault, and James F. Allen. Beyond Question Answering. Strategies for Natural Language Processing, pp. 245- 274.
  • [Grosz, Joshi, and Weinstein, 1995]. Centering: A Framework for Modeling the Local Coherence of Discourse. Computational Linguistics, 21 (2), pp. 203-226.
  • [Grosz and Sidner, 1986]. Attention, Intention, and the Structure of Discourse. Computational Linguistics, 12 (3), pp. 175-204, 1986.
  • [Hobbs et al., 1993]. Interpretation as Abduction. Artificial Intelligence, vol 63. pp. 69-142.
  • [Hobbs, 1979] Jerry Hobbs. Coherence and Coreference, Cognitive Science 3(1), pp. 67-90.
  • [Hovy, 1988] Hovy, E.H. 1988. Planning Coherent Multisentential Text. Proceedings of 26th ACL Conference. Buffalo, NY.
  • [Karttunen, 1969] Lauri Karttunen. 1969. Pronouns and variables. In CLS 5: Proceedings of the Fifth Regional Meeting, pages 108-116, Chicago, Illinois. Chicago Linguistic Society.
  • [Kay, 1986] Martin Kay. Parsing in functional unification grammar.
  • [Lakoff & Johnson, 1980] George Lakoff and Mark Johnson. Metaphors We Live By, Chapters 1-4. (short - a total of 21 pages).
  • [Lehnert, 1981] Wendy G. Lehnert. Plot units and narrative summarization. Cognitive Science, Volume 5, Issue 4, October-December 1981, Pages 293-331
  • [Lehnert, 1977] Wendy Lehnert. Human and Computational Question Answering. Cognitive Science, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 47-73.
  • [Mann and Thompson, 1988]. Rhetorical Structure Theory: Toward a functional theory of text organization. Text 8 (3), pp. 243-281, 1988.
  • [Martin et al., 1986] P. Martin, D. Appelt and F. Pereira. Transportability and generality in a natural-language interface system.
  • [McKeown 1986] Kathleen McKeown. Discourse strategies for generating natural-language text.
  • [Rosch and Mervis, 1975] Eleanor Rosch and Carolyn B. Mervis. Family Resemblances: Studies in the Internal Structure of Categories, Cognitive Psychology, 7, 573-605.
  • [Schank, 1986] Roger Schank. Language and memory.
  • [Schubert and Pelletier, 1986] L Schubert and F J Pelletier. From English to logic: context-free computation of "conventional" logical translations.
  • [Wilks, 1975] Yorick Wilks. An Intelligent Analyzer and Understander of English, CACM 1975.
  • [Woods, 1986] W.A. Woods. Semantics and quantification in natural language question answering.