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Automatic Identification of Conflicting Statements in Natural Language Text
PhD Candidate

In biology, as in many other fields, the steadily rising volume of publications has made it increasingly difficult for scientists to keep up with the relevant literature. This has inspired many techniques for automatically extracting information from biological publications. However, little has been done to address the problem of conflicting research reports. It is quite common for one paper to refute another directly, or for several papers to disagree, directly or indirectly, with each other. Often, this disagreement is explicitly noted by the authors. I propose a system that will seek out mentions of conflict in scientific papers, trace the conflicting references back to their sources, and then summarize and present them to the user in graphical form for further analysis.

BACTAC, the Beverage And Chips Tuesday Afternoon Colloquium, is a weekly forum run by graduate students. The goal is provide an informal setting in which anyone can (basically) present anything. In the past, we have had practice talks for conferences and job interviews, research reports, juggle lessons (!), student representative reports, internship discussions, an introduction to ergonomics, and "pay attention to this when you are going to look for job" discussions.

BACTAC is meant to be an informal and social event to promote the interaction among graduate students. BACTAC is typically held every Tuesday, at 3:30pm, in room ECOT 831. Free munchies and drinks are provided.

Please email Caleb Phillips for more information or if you want to be a speaker.

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