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Journal Club - Data & Society NLP!!

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Journal Club - Data & Society NLP!!


AI Club is starting the new working year with an online Journal Club meetup, co-hosted with our friends WiMLDS Berlin!!

We are honoured to have Simo Tchokni presenting her own work, the 2014 ICWSM paper 'Emoticons and Phrases: Status Symbols in Social Media'!!
SCHEDULE (London time)

--6:30-6:40pm | Kick-off
--6:40-6:55pm | Author presentation on paper & context
--6:55-7:10pm | Reading time to review paper / general chill
--7:10-7:40pm | Audience regroup to discuss altogether
--7:40-7:45pm | Open Mic (vacancies, job-seekers, upcoming events etc.)
--7:45pm | Official wrap-up but zoom stays on for continued discussion etc.
# Bio
Simo Tchokni is a software engineer with a special interest in Natural Language Processing. Most recently, she was a Senior Software Engineer at Memrise where she built awesome language learning experiences and worked on different projects, ranging from traditional backend and product engineering in Python to using data science to make language learning more personalised and adaptive. Previously, she worked as a Software Engineer at Google across a variety of areas, including an internship in the sentiment analysis team, improving search ranking for Google Shopping and building data analytics pipelines for Google Calendar. Simo holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge. Her master's thesis work on how social power is mediated through language use on social media resulted in her 2014 ICWSM paper.
# Participation
You can download Simo's paper here:

Join us if you're interested in NLP, sociolinguistics, social media power dynamics, or just emojis 😎 πŸ‘©πŸΏβ€πŸ’»πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ’»πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ’»πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»πŸ§‘πŸΎβ€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»!!

Because of the time since the conducted research, the JC will also be designed to consider how undertaking similar exploration in today's socio-technical environment could be modernised or requires adaption, for example in terms of advancements in statistical methods, richer data quality, security/commercial changes to API policies, need to comply with GDPR legislation etc.
Because of the high familiarity, real-world context of the research if you are newer to Data Science/NLP/programming WE WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO JOIN!!✨ This is a really interesting, more accessible topic for a general audience and you can use the experience as a GATEWAY into these/advanced directions - in fact the hypotheses & interpreted results may well enable better understanding of the technical work behind it!! For example, the result that use of emoticons in tweets is a strong indicator of the tweeter's high social status is a reflection of different model performance when emoticon features are included (i.e. better!).
Look forward to seeing you online!! πŸ₯³
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