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  • PhD Defense - Anil Ramakrishna

    Wed, Oct 02, 2019 @ 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    PhD Candidate: Anil Ramakrishna

    Shri Narayanan (chair)
    Aiichiro Nakano
    Morteza Dehghani

    Location: RTH 320
    Time: October 2nd, 12 pm.

    Title: Computational Models for Multidimensional Annotations of Affect

    Abstract: Affect is an integral aspect of human psychology, it acts as a regulator for all our interactions with external stimuli. Affect includes several related concepts such as sentiment, emotion as well as as higher order constructs such as mood and humor. By its nature, it is highly subjective, with different stimuli leading to different responses in people due to varying personal and cultural artifacts. For example, a specific image or audio clip may evoke different emotions in people depending on their personality. Computational modeling of affective dimensions is an important problem in Artificial Intelligence (AI). It covers a variety of tasks such as sentiment analysis, emotion recognition and opinion mining, which often involve supervised training of models using a large number of labeled data instances. However, training labels are difficult to obtain due to the inherent subjectivity of these constructs. Typical approaches to obtain the training labels include collecting opinions from expert or naive annotators, followed by a suitable aggregation.
    In this dissertation, we will present our contributions towards building computational models for noisy annotations of affect, specifically in the aggregation of multidimensional annotations. We propose latent variable models to capture annotator behaviors using additive Gaussian noise and matrix factorization, leading to more accurate estimates of the underlying ground truth. We then apply the joint matrix factorization model to the task of sentence level estimation of psycholinguistic normatives. Finally, we highlight our ongoing efforts in estimating agreement on multidimensional annotations.

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 320

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon


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