StatFSM 2016: ACL Workshop on statistical NLP and weighted automata
The ACL special interest group on finite-state machines is organizing a one-day workshop on statistical natural language processing and weighted automata co-located with ACL 2016 in Berlin. Topics include but are not limited to:
- weighted automata, their theory and applications,
- statistical NLP; in particular approaches using finite-state techniques,
- the formal relation between statistical models and weighted automata,
- automata-based implementations or approximations of statistical methods,
- machine learning of finite-state models of natural language.
Special Theme: Automata-based techniques in optical character recognition
Optical character recognition (OCR) has become an important research area in natural language processing. We meet this development with a special theme on automata-based techniques in OCR, including topics such as:
- systems and frameworks for OCR or optical layout recognition (OLR), particularly those with a connection to automata-based methods,
- statistical approaches to automated document analysis,
- supervised or unsupervised extraction of lexica, language- or error-models for OCR post-correction,
- systems and frameworks for post-correction or segmentation of OCR output texts, especially those making use of finite-state automata.