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Recently I’ve had the privilege of working with colleagues at Lexis Nexis on a variety of projects in the area of artificial intelligence and natural language processing. So I am pleased to share with you the following paper, which has been accepted for presentation at the 16th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law in London next week. It’s co-authored with colleagues Zach Bennett and Kate Farmer.

We’ll be presenting this as part of the demo session on Tuesday afternoon. The paper is just two pages long so it’s quite concise, but we are hoping to submit an extended version to a suitable conference or workshop in due course. In the meantime, comments and feedback welcome 🙂

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IRSG logoJust in case you missed it, here are details of the latest issue of Informer, which came out last week. As usual, lots of good stuff, with a mix of conference reviews, feature articles and at least one obligatory mention of the word ‘chatbot’. For further details see the Informer website. Or if you fancy becoming a contributor, get in touch!

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In case you missed it last time (since it filled up pretty quickly), there’s another chance to catch my full-day designing search tutorial in London on May 10. I’ll be presenting a full day course called Search Usability: Filters and Facets, which focuses on faceted search and provides deeper coverage of the key topics along with a variety of new practicals and group exercises.

For further details and registration, see the UKeIG website. In the meantime, I’ve appended further details below.

Hope to see you there!

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When I started the London Text Analytics meetup group some seven years ago, ‘text analytics’ was a term used by few, and understood by even fewer. Apart from a handful of enthusiasts and academics (who preferred the label of “natural language processing” anyway), the field was either overlooked or ignored by most people. Even the advent of “big data” – of which the vast majority was unstructured – did little to change perceptions.

But now, in these days of chatbot-fuelled AI mania, it seems everyone wants to be part of the action. The commercialisation and democratisation of hitherto academic subjects such as AI and machine learning have highlighted a need for practical skills that focus explicitly on the management of unstructured data. Career opportunities have inevitably followed, with job adverts now calling directly for skills in natural language processing and text mining. So the publication of Tom Reamy’s book  “Deep Text: Using Text Analytics to Conquer Information Overload, Get Real Value from Social Media, and Add Bigger Text to Big Data” is indeed well timed.

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I am pleased to announce the final programme for Industry Day at ECIR 2017, which will be held on Thursday 13th April immediately after the regular conference program. I’m sure you’ll agree the lineup of speakers we have below is very strong indeed. Hope to see you there!

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Here’s quick update on this year’s Industry Day at ECIR 2017, which will be held on Thursday 13th April, immediately after the regular conference program. I’m pleased to announce that our line-up has now expanded to include the following 7 speakers:

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IRSG logoJust in case you missed it, here are details of the latest issue of Informer, which came out on this week. As usual, lots of good stuff, with a mix of conference reviews, feature articles and the several obligatory mentions of the word ‘chatbot’. For further details see the Informer website. Or if you fancy becoming a contributor, get in touch!

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