We're going to try doing a discussion around two papers. They are not overly technical, but provide a good basis for thinking about a lot of different applications.
Dekang Lin's An Information-Theoretic Deﬁnition of Similarity
Peter Turney's Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? Semantic Orientation Applied to Unsupervised Classification of Reviews
The two papers build off each other. The first discusses mutual information as a method of indicating similarity, and the second applies mutual information for determining the sentiment of phrases.
Phillip and Lee have agreed to lead the discussion for the two papers.
Reading groups clearly work better when everyone actually reads the paper, so we're going to try a little social pressure. If you are coming, please sign up to be notified of comments. When you finish reading one of the papers please add a comment that you read it.
Its not bragging, its encouraging.
6:00PM: Network and Socialize
7:30PM: More Socializing (presumably followed by dinner/drinks, location TBD)