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Workshop
Applications for Topic Models: Text and Beyond
David Blei · Jordan Boyd-Graber · Jonathan Chang · Katherine Heller · Hanna Wallach

Fri Dec 11 07:30 AM -- 06:30 PM (PST) @ Westin: Callaghan
Event URL: http://nips2009.topicmodels.net/ »

Statistical topic models are a class of Bayesian latent variable models, originally developed for analyzing the semantic content of large document corpora. With the increasing availability of other large, heterogeneous data collections, topic models have been adapted to model data from fields as diverse as computer vision, finance, bioinformatics, cognitive science, music, and the social sciences. While the underlying models are often extremely similar, these communities use topic models in different ways in order to achieve different goals. This one-day workshop will bring together topic modeling researchers from multiple disciplines, providing an opportunity for attendees to meet, present their work and share ideas, as well as inform the wider NIPS community about current research in topic modeling. This workshop will address the following specific goals: 1) Identify and formalize open research areas; 2) propose, explore, and discuss new application areas; 3) discuss how best to facilitate transfer of research ideas between application domains; 4) direct future work and generate new application areas; and 5) explore novel modeling approaches and collaborative research directions. The workshop will consist of invited talks by established researchers from multiple research communities, contributed talks, a poster session, and a panel session.

*Identify and formalize open research areas *Propose, explore, and discuss new application areas *Discuss how best to facilitate transfer of research ideas between application domains *Direct future work and generate new application areas *Explore novel modeling approaches and collaborative research directions

The workshop will consist of invited talks by established researchers from multiple research communities, contributed talks, a poster session, and a panel session.

Author Information

David Blei (Columbia University)
Jordan Boyd-Graber (University of Maryland)
Jonathan Chang (Facebook)
Katherine Heller (Duke)
Hanna Wallach (Microsoft)

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