Prof. Dr.-Ing. Torsten Zesch

Chairholder
Mail: torsten.zesch@uni-due.de
Tel: +49 (0)203 379-2006
Office: LE 411


Biography

  • Appointed Professor of Language Technology at University of Duisburg-Essen in 2014
  • Dr.-Ing. degree from Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
  • Diploma in computer science from the Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany.

Awards and Grants

2012

  • Winning Team – Semantic Text Similarity Challenge at SemEval. Best result among 35 international teams.
  • Minerva Short Term Research Grant

2011

  • Invitation to the 4th Indo-German Frontiers of Engineering Symposium by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • “Helping Our Own” Challenge. Best detection scores for 8 out of 13 error classes (among 6 participating systems)

2009

  • IBM PhD Fellowship Award
  • EMNLP Best Reviewer Award
Publications
87 results
2017
[87] Neural, Non-neural and Hybrid Stance Detection in Tweets on Catalan Independence
and , In Papers of 2nd SEPLN Workshop on Evaluation of Human Language Technologies for IberianLanguages (IBEREVAL), volume 2, .

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[86] Reliable Part-of-Speech Tagging of Low-frequency Phenomena in the Social Media Domain
, and , In Proceedings of the Conference on CMC and Social Media Corpora for the Humanities, .

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[85] Do LSTMs really work so well for PoS tagging? – A replication study
and , In Proceedings of the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), .

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[84]Same same, but different: Compositionality of paraphrase granularity levels
and , In Proceedings of the Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing (RANLP-2017), .

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[83]What does this imply? Examining the Impact of Implicitness on the Perception of Hate Speech
, and , In Proceedings of the International Conference of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology (GSCL-2017), .

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[82] Part-of-speech tagging for corpora of computer-mediated communication: A case study on finding rare phenomena
, and , Chapter in Investigating Computer-mediated Communication: Corpus-based approaches to language in the digital world, .

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[81]Investigating neural architectures for short answer scoring
, , , and , In Proceedings of the Building Educational Applications Workshop at EMNLP, .

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[80]The Influence of Spelling Errors on Content Scoring Performance
, and , In Proceedings of the forth Workshop on NLP Techniques for Educational Applications (NLPTEA 2017), .

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[79]Fine-grained essay scoring of a complex writing task for native speakers
, , and , In Proceedings of the Building Educational Applications Workshop at EMNLP, .

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[78] The Role of Diacritics in Designing Lexical Recognition Tests for Arabic
and , In 3rd International Conference on Arabic Computational Linguistics (ACLing 2017), ELSEVIER, .

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2016
[77] FlexTag: A Highly Flexible Pos Tagging Framework
and , In Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2016), European Language Resources Association (ELRA), .

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[76] Stance-based Argument Mining – Modeling Implicit Argumentation Using Stance
and , In Proceedings of the KONVENS, .

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[75] Predicting proficiency levels in learner writings by transferring a linguistic complexity model from expert-written coursebooks
, and , In Proceedings of COLING 2016, the 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics: Technical Papers, .

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[74] Validating Bundled Gap Filling – Empirical Evidence for Ambiguity Reduction and Language Proficiency Testing Capabilities
, and , In Proceedings of the NLP4CAL at SLTC 2016, .

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[73] Assigning Fine-grained PoS Tags based on High-precision Coarse-grained Tagging
and , In Proceedings of COLING 2016, the 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics: Technical Papers, Dublin City University and Association for Computational Linguistics, .

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[72] Building a Social Media Adapted PoS Tagger Using FlexTag – A Case Study on Italian Tweets
and , In Fifth Evaluation Campaign of Natural Language Processing and Speech Tools for Italian - EVALITA 2016, .

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[71] LTL-UDE at EmpiriST 2015: Tokenization and PoS Tagging of Social Media Text
and , In Proceedings of the 10th Web as Corpus Workshop (WAC-X) and the EmpiriST Shared Task, Association for Computational Linguistics, .

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[70] Bridging the gap between computable and expressive event representations in Social Media
and , In Proceedings of the Workshop on Uphill Battles in Language Processing: Scaling Early Achievements to Robust Methods, .

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[69] ltl.uni-due at SemEval-2016 Task 6: Stance Detection in Social Media Using Stacked Classifiers
and , In Proceedings of the 10th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval 2016), ACL, volume 10, .

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[68] Bundled Gap Filling: A New Paradigm for Unambiguous Cloze Exercises.
, and , In Proceedings of the Building Educational Applications Workshop at NAACL, ACL, volume 11, .

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[67] Predicting the Spelling Difficulty of Words for Language Learners
and , In Proceedings of the Building Educational Applications Workshop at NAACL, volume 11, .

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2015
[66] Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval 2015)
, , and , Association for Computational Linguistics, .

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[65] Fast or Accurate ? - A Comparative Evaluation of PoS Tagging Models
, and , In Proceedings of the International Conference of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology (GSCL-2015), .

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[64] Generating Nonwords for Vocabulary Proficiency Testing
and , In Proceeding of the 7th Language and Technology Conference: Human Language Technologies as a Challenge for Computer Science and Linguistics, .

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[63] Counting What Counts: Decompounding for Keyphrase Extraction
, , and , In Proceedings of the ACL 2015 Workshop on Novel Computational Approaches to Keyphrase Extraction, .

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[62] Effectiveness of Domain Adaptation Approaches for Social Media PoS Tagging
and , In Proceeding of the Second Italian Conference on Computational Linguistics, Accademia University Press, .

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[61] Reducing Annotation Efforts in Supervised Short Answer Scoring
, and , In Proceedings of the Building Educational Applications Workshop at NAACL, .

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[60] Task-Independent Features for Automated Essay Grading
, and , In Proceedings of the Building Educational Applications Workshop at NAACL, .

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[59] Candidate evaluation strategies for improved difficulty prediction of language tests
, and , In Proceedings of the Building Educational Applications Workshop at NAACL, .

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[58] Composing Measures for Computing Text Similarity
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2014
[57]Towards Automatic Scoring of Cloze Items by Selecting Low-Ambiguity Contexts
and , In 3rd workshop on NLP for computer-assisted language learning, .

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[56] Automatic Generation of Challenging Distractors Using Context-Sensitive Inference Rules
and , In Proceedings of the 9th Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications at ACL, .

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[55] Sense and Similarity: A Study of Sense-level Similarity Measures
, and , In Proceedings of the 3rd Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics (*SEM 2014) (Association for Computational Linguistics, Dublin City University, eds.), .

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[54]Readability for foreign language learning: The importance of cognates
, and , In International Journal of Applied Linguistics, volume Special is, .

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[53] Predicting the Difficulty of Language Proficiency Tests
, and , In Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics, volume 2, .

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[52] DKPro Keyphrases: Flexible and Reusable Keyphrase Extraction Experiments
, , and , In Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. System Demonstrations, .

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[51] DKPro TC: A Java-based Framework for Supervised Learning Experiments on Textual Data
, , and , In Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. System Demonstrations, .

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2013
[50] Recognizing Partial Textual Entailment
, , and , In Proceedings of the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 2: Short Papers), Association for Computational Linguistics, .

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[49] UKP-BIU: Similarity and Entailment Metrics for Student Response Analysis
, , and , In Second Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics (*SEM), Volume 2: Proceedings of the Seventh International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval 2013), Association for Computational Linguistics, .

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[48] Detecting Malapropisms Using Measures of Contextual Fitness
, In Special Issue of the TAL Journal on “Managing Noise in the Signal: Error Handling in Natural Language Processing”, volume 53, .

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[47] Hierarchy Identification for Automatically Generating Table-of-Contents
, and , In Proceedings of 9th Conference on Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing (RANLP 2013) (Galia Angelova, Kalina Bontcheva, Ruslan Mitkov, eds.), INCOMA Ltd., .

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[46] DKPro WSD: A Generalized UIMA-based Framework for Word Sense Disambiguation
, , , and , In Proceedings of the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (System Demonstrations) (ACL 2013), Association for Computational Linguistics, .

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[45]Language Resources and Evaluation Journal - Special Issue on Collaboratively Constructed Language Resources
and , Springer Netherlands, volume 47, .

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[44] SemEval-2013 Task 5: Evaluating Phrasal Semantics
, , and , In Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval 2013), .

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[43] Scalable Construction of High-Quality Web Corpora
and , In JLCL, volume 28, .

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[42] Cognate Production using Character-based Machine Translation
, and , In Proceedings of the 6th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing, .

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[41] DKPro Similarity: An Open Source Framework for Text Similarity
, and , In Proceedings of the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (System Demonstrations), .

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2012
[40] Measuring Contextual Fitness Using Error Contexts Extracted from the Wikipedia Revision History
, In Proceedings of the 13th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL 2012), .

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[39] Towards fine-grained readability measures for self-directed language learning
, and , In Proceedings of the SLTC 2012 workshop on NLP for CALL, Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet, volume 080, .

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[38] UKP-UBC Entity Linking at TAC-KBP
, , , , , and , In Proceedings of the 5th Text Analysis Conference, National Institute of Standards and Technology, .

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[37] Text Reuse Detection Using a Composition of Text Similarity Measures
, and , In Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2012), .

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[36] HOO 2012 Shared Task: UKP Lab System Description
and , In Proceedings of the Seventh Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications at NAACL-HLT, .

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[35] Collective Intelligence and Language Resources: Introduction to the Special Issue on Collaboratively Constructed Language Resources
and , Chapter in Language Resources and Evaluation Journal - Special Issue on Collaboratively Constructed Language Resources (Iryna Gurevych, Torsten Zesch, eds.), Springer Netherlands, volume 47, .

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[34] Using Distributional Similarity for Lexical Expansion in Knowledge-based Word Sense Disambiguation
, , and , In Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2012), .

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[33] UKP: Computing Semantic Textual Similarity by Combining Multiple Content Similarity Measures
, , and , In Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation, held in conjunction with the 1st Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics, .

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2011
[32] Helping Our Own 2011: UKP Lab System Description
, In Proceedings of the Helping Our Own Working Group Session at the 13th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation, .

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[31] Combining heterogeneous knowledge resources for improved distributional semantic models
, and , Chapter in Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics (Alexander Gelbukh, ed.), Springer, volume 6608, .

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[30] First Aid for Information Chaos in Wikis: Collaborative Information Management Enhanced Through Language Technology
, , and , Chapter in Information und Wissen: global, sozial und frei? : Proceedings des 12. Internationalen Symposiums für Informationswissenschaften (Joachim Griesbaum, Thomas Mandl, Christa Womser-Hacker, eds.), VWH, volume 58, .

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[29] Aufbereitung und Strukturierung von Information mittels automatischer Sprachverarbeitung
, , , and , In Proceedings of KnowTech, BITKOM, .

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[28] Wikipedia Revision Toolkit: Efficiently Accessing Wikipedia's Edit History
, and , In Proceedings of the 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies. System Demonstrations, .

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[27] Link Discovery: A Comprehensive Analysis
, and , In Proceedings of the 5th IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing (IEEE-ICSC), .

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[26] Wikulu: An Extensible Architecture for Integrating Natural Language Processing Techniques with Wikis
, , and , In Proceedings of the 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies. System Demonstrations, .

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[25] A Reflective View on Text Similarity
, and , In Proceedings of the International Conference on Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing, .

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2010
[24] Wisdom of Crowds versus Wisdom of Linguists - Measuring the Semantic Relatedness of Words
and , In Journal of Natural Language Engineering, volume 16, .

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[23] Effektivere Informationssuche im World Wide Web
, , , and , KCreativity, Learning Strategies and Efficiency in E-learning 2010 Poster Presentation, .

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[22] 2nd Workshop on The People's Web Meets NLP: Collaboratively Constructed Semantic Resources
and , In , Chinese Information Processing Society of China, .

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[21] The More the Better? Assessing the Influence of Wikipedia’s Growth on Semantic Relatedness Measures
and , In Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, .

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2009
[20] Approximate Matching for Evaluating Keyphrase Extraction
and , In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing, .

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[19] Discovering Links Using Semantic Relatedness
, , and , In INEX 2009 Workshop Preproceedings (Shlomo Geva, Jaap Kamps, Andrew Trotman, eds.), .

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[18] Study of Semantic Relatedness of Words Using Collaboratively Constructed Semantic Resources
, PhD thesis, Technische Universität Darmstadt, .

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[17] Semantic relations in a bilingual corpus of different registers
, and , In Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS) Workshop on Corpus, Colligation, Register Variation, .

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[16] An Architecture to Support Intelligent User Interfaces for Wikis by Means of Natural Language Processing
, and , In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration (WikiSym '09), .

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[15]Proceedings of the Workshop on The People's Web Meets NLP: Collaboratively Constructed Semantic Resources
and , The Association for Computational Linguistics, .

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2008
[14] Using Wiktionary for Computing Semantic Relatedness
, and , In Proceedings of the Twenty-Third AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, .

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[13] Extracting Lexical Semantic Knowledge from Wikipedia and Wiktionary
, and , In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, .

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[12] Selbstorganisierende Wikis
and , In Proceedings of KnowTech, BITKOM, .

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[11] Graph-Theoretic Analysis of Collaborative Knowledge Bases in Natural Language Processing
, and , In Proceedings of the Poster Session of the 7th International Semantic Web Conference, .

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[10] Flexible UIMA Components for Information Retrieval Research
, , , , , and , In Proceedings of the LREC 2008 Workshop 'Towards Enhanced Interoperability for Large HLT Systems: UIMA for NLP', .

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[9] Using Similarity Measures for Context-Aware User Interfaces
, , and , In Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing, .

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[8] Representational Interoperability of Linguistic and Collaborative Knowledge Bases
, and , In Proceedings of the KONVENS Workshop on Lexical-Semantic and Ontological Resources – Maintenance, Representation, and Standards, .

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2007
[7] Comparing Wikipedia and German Wordnet by Evaluating Semantic Relatedness on Multiple Datasets
, and , In Proceedings of Human Language Technologies: The Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL-HLT 2007), .

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[6] Analyzing and Accessing Wikipedia as a Lexical Semantic Resource
, and , Chapter in Data Structures for Linguistic Resources and Applications (Georg Rehm, Andreas Witt, Lothar Lemnitzer, eds.), Gunter Narr, Tübingen, .

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[5] Analysis of the Wikipedia Category Graph for NLP Applications
and , In Proceedings of the TextGraphs-2 Workshop (NAACL-HLT 2007), .

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[4] Cross-lingual Distributional Profiles of Concepts for Measuring Semantic Distance
, , and , In Proceedings of EMNLP-CoNLL, .

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[3] Teaching "Unstructured Information Management: Theory and Applications" to Computational Linguistics Students
, and , In Proceedings of the First Workshop on Unstructured Information Management Architecture at Biannual Conference of the Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology, .

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[2] Darmstadt Knowledge Processing Repository Based on UIMA
, , , , and , In Proceedings of the First Workshop on Unstructured Information Management Architecture at Biannual Conference of the Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology, .

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2006
[1] Automatically Creating Datasets for Measures of Semantic Relatedness
and , In Proceedings of the COLING/ACL Workshop on Linguistic Distances, .

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