Jue Hou


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Modeling language learning using specialized Elo rating
Jue Hou | Koppatz Maximilian | José María Hoya Quecedo | Nataliya Stoyanova | Roman Yangarber
Proceedings of the Fourteenth Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications

Automatic assessment of the proficiency levels of the learner is a critical part of Intelligent Tutoring Systems. We present methods for assessment in the context of language learning. We use a specialized Elo formula used in conjunction with educational data mining. We simultaneously obtain ratings for the proficiency of the learners and for the difficulty of the linguistic concepts that the learners are trying to master. From the same data we also learn a graph structure representing a domain model capturing the relations among the concepts. This application of Elo provides ratings for learners and concepts which correlate well with subjective proficiency levels of the learners and difficulty levels of the concepts.

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Projecting named entity recognizers without annotated or parallel corpora
Jue Hou | Maximilian Koppatz | José María Hoya Quecedo | Roman Yangarber
Proceedings of the 22nd Nordic Conference on Computational Linguistics

Named entity recognition (NER) is a well-researched task in the field of NLP, which typically requires large annotated corpora for training usable models. This is a problem for languages which lack large annotated corpora, such as Finnish. We propose an approach to create a named entity recognizer with no annotated or parallel documents, by leveraging strong NER models that exist for English. We automatically gather a large amount of chronologically matched data in two languages, then project named entity annotations from the English documents onto the Finnish ones, by resolving the matches with limited linguistic rules. We use this “artificially” annotated data to train a BiLSTM-CRF model. Our results show that this method can produce annotated instances with high precision, and the resulting model achieves state-of-the-art performance.