Emily M. Bender (@emilymbender )

Emily M. Bender

Bio Professor, Linguistics, University of Washington // Faculty Director, Professional MS Program in Computational Linguistics (CLMS) // she/her
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Twitter Web App : Shay well, sort of. in our case, the 2d case is indeed not the realistic one for real-world use. but still, if you show how it can help in the very simple case, you can intuitively understand how it applied also to higher dims.

Twitter Web App : What are some formal acceptability or inference/entailment judgment experiments whose results are interesting (not immediately obvious from informal experiments) but whose findings seem to you so likely to replicate that it’s probably not worth rerunning the formal experiment?

Twitter Web App : Weird that Cuomo got a book deal and Jay Inslee didn’t. Kind of a lot more curious about what Inslee did, personally twitter.com/ByMikeBaker/st…

Twitter Web App : laurent besacier cest larticle sur lIA avec François Yvon et tout ? si tu mets la main dessus, tu pourras me lenvoyer ?

TweetDeck : ML and NLP Research Highlights of 2020

Its been inspiring to look back on all the exciting advances that happened despite such a tumultuous year. Heres a selection of my highlights.


Twitter Web App : ML and NLP Research Highlights of 2020

Its been inspiring to look back on all the exciting advances that happened despite such a tumultuous year. Heres a selection of my highlights.


Android : Can’t tell you what it feels like to open my inbox, see this, and know this is my story. I’m happy that my story is being amplified but wish this never happened. 😞

Twitter for iPad : Mom in Haití is terrified. Lawyers and family are pleading with Border Patrol and ICE to just let them fly home.

But ICE says, after they took away his visa, he is now an “unaccompanied minor” and therefore must be detained.

The cruelty of our immigration laws knows few limits

Twitter Web App : Isaac R Caswell Hua Keru My intuition is that mBERT would probably be slow and unnecessary for most situations? Something using character n-grams seems sufficient, and there are existing libraries such as lingua: github.com/pemistahl/ling…

Android : gábor ugray Adam Bittlingmayer Thats an amazing human ability we take for granted. When I hear a Hebrew sentence that doesnt quite make sense I translate it to English to test whether its a pop culture reference. It may also be similar to reading garden path sentences (the one in the photo always gets me).

Twitter Web App : Jack Grieve Rachael Tatman Not specific, but name gender is very country specific (e.g., Angel in Spanish vs. English, Andrea in Italian vs. German): bit.ly/3imyJWt
However, names do not reflect self-identification, so inference can conflict w/ subject autonomy: arxiv.org/pdf/2010.04658…

Twitter Web App : Lilian Weng Bayes rule offers another tool for steering, which Lei Yu and colleagues (including me) have been exploring over a series of papers, see e.g., mitpressjournals.org/doi/full/10.11…

Twitter Web App : Its disappointing to me that Nature would let such a publication slip through

The notion that a face can be predictive of political orientation is silly. This is race/age/demographic spurious correlations and model guessing

Poor scientific rigour


Twitter Web App : And heres one more figure, which shows how the method disentangles leaders from fast followers in lexical semantic changes:

iPhone : mRNA vaccine explained by a researcher, Dr. Margaret Liu, who pioneered the technology (e.g., history of research, how it works, ingredients used in the vaccine, etc.) — a very informative podcast! twitter.com/FiveThirtyEigh…

Twitter Web App : This is in addition to the 2 open PhD positions with an application deadline of 31 Jan 2021

Twitter Web App : We are finally open-sourcing the code and models here: github.com/facebookresear…

Download them and play with SOTA Entity Disambiguation and Linking as well as Wikipedia page retrieval.

For both fairseq and Hugging Face

Twitter Web App : [Housekeeping] The people who presented at the conference or workshops and need a certificate of participation for their institutions (*not* receipts) can reach out to acl.PatKirby@gmail.com.

TweetDeck : Ready to submit to ACL-IJCNLP 2021? You can go to: softconf.com/acl2021/papers/ The abstract due is Jan 25, 2021 and paper due Feb 1, 2021. For more details, check the abstract form: 2021.aclweb.org/downloads/Abst… and paper submission form: 2021.aclweb.org/downloads/Full…

Twitter Web App : Id like to share my course on generative models that I taught in the fall. The course covers AR, VAE, GAN, Flow, and EBM, as well as relevant NN stuff: resnets, transformers, etc. I hope some people find this helpful!


Android : 4. How do you treat the activity of doing research? Do you primarily relate to it as a competition or as a collaborative exercise? Do you put time and energy into lifting up the work of others, especially those who arent granted the privilege of being assumed to be competent?

Twitter Web App : “I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negros great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizens Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to order than to justice.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Android : And on the flip side, Amazon Mechanical Turk workers can get accused of fraud for doing tasks too fast. Since they get paid per task, they try to work fast but they also have to convince black box boss bot that they are in no way technically augmented. twitter.com/hashtagmolotov…

Android : Every one of these bills banning transition-related care for teenagers exempts surgeries performed on intersex infants, almost as if patient consent is not really what theyre worried about.

Twitter Web App : Emilio Ferrara Yes, Turing describes a kind of test, but the description is underspecified. Results of course will depend on the populations of human judges and human interlocutors, the ground rules for the dialogues, the interface, etc. The contribution is not a specific test but an idea.

iPhone : I cannot go to the store, walk my dog, or just be outside without being reminded that tens of thousands of military personnel are within a few miles. It’s not an abstraction for us, it’s just scary every single day. twitter.com/reprorightsdoc…

Twitter Web App : Our department is hiring an Asst Prof in Computational Linguistics. Please forward to people who might be interested!

Twitter Web App : its good, imo, that the predominant intellectual posture on twitter is both hyper-bellicosity and extreme sensitivity, everyone a knife-wielding hemophiliac

iPhone : Spending my #MLKDay preparing for my conversation with Little Rock Nine member Minnijean Brown-Trickey on Feb 5 at 5pm PST. I hope youll join us! artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/Details.aspx?P…

Android : Lets recognize that in Dr. Kings time, the majority of white people in America disapproved of his work. Recognize that he did not in response spend all his time trying to win over committed racists & instead continued to focus on pushing systemic change.

Twitter Web App : Bitcoin has no structure or future cashflows. It is simply a greater fool investment, you only buy them to sell them to someone who is a greater fool than you and will pay more for it. (6/)

TweetDeck : Were back with new exciting talks and speakers! Starting with:

🗣Yova Kementchedjhieva talking with us about John praised Mary because he? Implicit Causality Bias and Its Interaction with Explicit Cues in LMs
🗓January 20th, 14:00 UTC
📝Sign up here:

iPhone : so my friend and i were out for a walk and he spotted this gravestone and wanted to read the music. its some quarter-notes and then four rests, and underneath it says only resting

ME: whats the tune?
HIM: im not sure...its D-E-A-D
ME: ....WHAT

iPhone : Nature walk finds: spiders jumping out quickly when disturbed in their winter cocoons and a spider egg sac.

First time I see spider winter arrangements. Will not disturb them again!

iPhone : Anthropologists looking for open access places to send an article that does NOT require author fees? Now you have the Canadian anthro journal Anthropologica - it’s a good anthro news day! cas-sca.journals.uvic.ca/index.php/anth…

iPhone : A 2021 recap — month January

1. GA elected Black man +Jewish man as its Senators
2. Insurrection (1st since 1812)
3. Impeachment 2.0
4. Inauguration of Biden
5. Swearing in of our first MVP, who is of Black + South Asian decent

Backdropped by racial, economic + pandemic crises

iPhone : Mor Naaman Ya... but this is misleading. Twitter suspended 70,000 accounts including more than 50% of the Qanon influencer accounts (according to our graph). And then the metric they use to measure misinfo is rough. I don’t think it’s as simple as portrayed in the headline here.

Twitter Web App : Lets discuss the environmental cost of bitcoin. Because despite all the push for sustainable and green investment in the tech sector, theres a giant smoldering Chernobyl sitting at the heart of Silicon Valley which a lot of investors would prefer you remain quiet about. 🧵 (1/)

Android : These postman-hoarded-mail stories always make me queasy thinking of all the sorrow, confusion, heartache & headaches they must leave in their wake spiegel.de/panorama/justi…

iPhone : Also, trees are very busy here. They start blossoming while they still have old leaves on. twitter.com/begusgasper/st…

Twitter Web App : Ted Pedersen Ive love to see us adopt dub and also sev to fix the similar project with the digits. (That said, niner is actually useful for distinguishing from five over poorly-sampled audio...)

Twitter Web App : This is great transportation news, but ugh, Trottenberg should just have been given the top job. It really irritates me that Buttigieg was given a patronage position & will get the credit for the work of his much more experienced & competent female deputy. twitter.com/StreetsblogNYC…

iPhone : I just learned about “moral licensing”—a psychological effect that empowers people who have previously had an ethical behavior to act unethically when the chance arises.

Just talking about diversity has a moral licensing effect, and can negatively impact concrete action taking.

Twitter Web App : Matthew Winn Rory Turnbull Stephen Hopkins Voiceless nasals are virtually always post-voiced, e.g. [m̥m]. Its that way in Apoala Mixtec, Ixcatec, and Burmese, for instance (where they contrast with voiced nasals). So, you always get a transition within the nasal. However, the voiceless portion alone is very non-distinct.

iPhone : Very excited to see our new paper “Auditory neural tracking and lexical processing of speech in noise: Masker type, spatial location, and language experience” in JASA. With Paul Iverson & Luke Martin asa.scitation.org/doi/10.1121/10…

Twitter Web App : Were excited to host Roger Levy (Roger Levy, MIT) for this weeks NLP seminar! Grammatical generalization in neural language models: insights for theory of human language acquisition and processing. Thurs Jan 21 10am PT. Open to the public. Sign up: nlp.stanford.edu/seminar

Researcher and software engineer interested in the intersection of machine learning and cognitive science, but more interested in playing guitar. He/Him.

Android : An amazing close-up of SpaceXs Falcon 9 rocket landing. Truly outstanding!

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Twitter Web App : New workshop on robustness in machine learning. Welcoming dual submissions, in non archival format. Your #iclr2021 accepted/rejected papers are welcome here! twitter.com/RICEric22/stat…

TweetDeck : OK, here comes my favourite compound-headline from the weekend, featuring German Kinderkrankentage children.sick.days, and showing semantic opaquization in action. What does it mean? Why is it interesting? Read on!

iPhone : Uganda’s long-ruling President Museveni is heading into a fourth decade in power and Bobi Wine is under house arrest. But while there have been few celebrations, there are few protests too.
DAY 8 of #WhileUgWasBlockaded 1/2

Diigo extension for Chrome : EleutherAI bit.ly/38VD3bO GPT-Neo recreating GPT-3 free open source