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NGO Xuan Bach, the school of information science has received "Outstanding Paper Award for Young Researchers in Computer & Communication" from the NEC C&C Foundation.

NGO Xuan Bach, the third-year doctoral student of the school of Information Science(Shimazu Laboratory) has received the "Outstanding Paper Award for Young Researchers in Computer & Communication" in 2013. The award is given by the NEC C&C Foundation to young researchers in computer & communications with an outstanding paper presented at an international conference.

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January 22, 2014
[Prized Title]
EDU-Based Similarity for Paraphrase Identification
[Abstract]
We propose a new method to compute the similarity between two sentences based on elementary discourse units, EDU-based similarity. Unlike conventional methods, which directly compute similarities based on sentences, our method divides sentences into discourse units and uses them to compute similarities. We also show the relation between paraphrases and discourse units, which plays an important role in paraphrasing. We apply our method to the paraphrase identification task. By using only a single SVM classifier, we achieve 93.1% accuracy on the PAN corpus, a large corpus for detecting paraphrases.
[Comment]
I would like to thank the NEC C&C Foundation for the award as well as for supporting me in attending the 18th International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems (NLDB 2013) in Manchester, UK. It is very honored for me to receive this award. I would like to sincerely thank my great supervisor, Professor Akira Shimazu, who brought me to the interesting world of natural language processing and supported me during my study. Without his guidance and encouragement, my work could not have been accomplished. I also would like to express my gratitude to Associate Professor Nguyen Le Minh for the helpful discussion during my research. Finally, I would like to give special thanks to my family for their sacrifice, love, and understanding.

Mr. NGO Xuan Bach(left) and Prof. Shimazu(right)

January 28, 2014

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