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David Weir
Professor Of Computer Science (Informatics)
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Selected publications

Article

Conway, Maura, Khawaja, Moign, Lakhani, Suraj, Reffin, Jeremy, Weir, David and Robertson, Andrew (2019) Disrupting Daesh: measuring takedown of online terrorist material and its impacts. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 42 (1-2). pp. 141-160. ISSN 1057-610X

Weir, David, Reffin, Jeremy, Weeds, Julie and Kober, Thomas (2016) Aligning packed dependency trees: a theory of composition for distributional semantics. Computational Linguistics, 42 (4). pp. 727-761. ISSN 0891-2017

Weeds, Julie, Clarke, Daoud, Reffin, Jeremy, Weir, David and Keller, Bill (2014) Learning to distinguish hypernyms and co-hyponyms. Proceedings of COLING 2014, the 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics: Technical Papers. pp. 2249-2259.

Bollegala, Danushka, Weir, David and Carroll, John (2013) Cross-domain sentiment classification using a sentiment sensitive thesaurus. IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, 25 (8). pp. 1719-1731. ISSN 1041-4347

Gómez-Rodríguez, Carlos, Carroll, John and Weir, David (2011) Dependency Parsing Schemata and Mildly Non-Projective Dependency Parsing. Computational Linguistics, 37 (3). 541-586.. ISSN 0891-2017

Weeds, Julie, Dowdall, James, Schneider, Gerold, Keller, Bill and Weir, David (2005) Using distributional similarity to organise biomedical terminology. Terminology, 11 (1). pp. 107-141. ISSN 0929-9971

Clark, Stephen and Weir, David (2002) Class-based probability estimation using a semantic hierarchy. Computational Linguistics, 28 (2). pp. 187-206. ISSN 0891-2017

Rambow, Owen, Vijay-Shanker, K. and Weir, David (2001) D-Tree substitution grammars. Computational Linguistics, 27 (1). pp. 87-121. ISSN 0891-2017

Weir, David (1994) Linear iterated pushdowns. Computational Intelligence, 10 (4). pp. 431-439. ISSN 0824-7935

Vijay-Shanker, K. and Weir, David (1994) The equivalence of four extensions of context-free grammars. Mathematical Systems Theory / Theory of Computer Systems, 27 (6). pp. 511-546. ISSN 1432-4350

Vijay-Shanker, K. and Weir, David (1993) Parsing some constrained grammar formalisms. Computational Linguistics, 19 (4). pp. 591-636. ISSN 0891-2017

Weir, David (1992) A geometric hierarchy beyond context-free languages. Theoretical Computer Science, 104 (2). pp. 235-261. ISSN 0304-3975

Book Section

Kober, Thomas, Weeds, Julie, Reffin, Jeremy and Weir, David (2016) Improving sparse word representations with distributional inference for semantic composition. In: Proceedings of the 2016 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing. Association for Computational Linguistics, pp. 1691-1702. ISBN 9781945626258

Weeds, Julie, Weir, David and Keller, Bill (2005) The distributional similarity of sub-parses. In: Proceedings of the ACL Workshop on Empirical Modeling of Semantic Equivalence and Entailment. Proceedings of the Conference. . Association for Computational Linguistics, Menlo Park, CA. USA, pp. 7-12. ISBN 0736-587X

Keller, Bill, Owen, Tim, Wakeman, Ian, Weeds, Julie and Weir, David (2005) Middleware for user controlled environments. In: Third IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops (PERCOM '05). IEEE Computer Society, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 183-188. ISBN 0769523005

Shaumyan, Olga, Carroll, John and Weir, David (2002) Evaluation of LTAG parsing with supertag compaction. In: Proceedings of the Sixth International Workshop on Tree Adjoining Grammars and Related Frameworks. Association for Computational Linguistics, Morristown, NJ, USA, pp. 201-205.

Carroll, John, Nicolov, Nicolas, Shaumyan, Olga, Smets, Martine and Weir, David (2000) Engineering a wide-coverage lexicalized grammar. In: Proceedings of the Fifth International Workshop on Tree Adjoining Grammars and Related Frameworks. Universite Paris, Paris, pp. 55-60.

Evans, Roger, Gazdar, Gerald and Weir, David (2000) `Lexical rules' are just lexical rules. In: Abeille, Anne and Rambow, Owen (eds.) Tree Adjoining Grammars: Formalisms, Linguistic Analysis and Processing. CSLI Lecture Notes . University of Chicago Press, Chicago, pp. 71-100. ISBN 1575862522

Clark, Stephen and Weir, David (2000) A class-based probabilistic approach to structural disambiguation. In: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Computational Linguistics. Morgan Kaufmann, pp. 194-200.

Vijay-Shanker, K. and Weir, David (1999) Exploring the underspecified world of lexicalized tree adjoining grammars. In: Proceedings of the Sixth Meeting on Mathematics of Language. The Association for Mathematics of Language and The Institute for Research in Cognitive Science (IRCS) University of Pennsylvania.

Carroll, John, Nicolov, Nicolas, Shaumyan, Olga, Smets, Martine and Weir, David (1999) Parsing with an extended domain of locality. In: Proceedings of the Eighth Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Association for Computational Linguistics, Morristown, NJ, USA, pp. 217-244.

Clark, Stephen and Weir, David (1999) An iterative approach to estimating frequencies over a semantic hierarchy. In: Proceedings of the Joint SIGDAT Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing and Very Large Corpora. University of Maryland, pp. 258-265.

Carroll, John, Nicolov, Nicolas, Shaumyan, Olga, Smets, Martine and Weir, David (1998) Grammar compaction and computation sharing in automaton-based parsing. In: Proceedings of the First Workshop on Tabulation in Parsing and Deduction. Institut National de Recherche en Informatique, Paris, pp. 16-25.

Carroll, John, Nicolov, Nicolas, Shaumyan, Olga, Smets, Martine and Weir, David (1998) The LEXSYS project. In: Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on Tree Adjoining Grammars and Related Frameworks. University of Pennsylvania, Delaware, USA, pp. 29-33.

Evans, Roger and Weir, David (1998) A structure-sharing parser for lexicalized grammars. In: Proceedings of the 36th Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 17th International Conference on Computational Linguistics. Association for Computational Linguistics, Morristown, NJ, USA, pp. 372-378.

Evans, Roger and Weir, David (1997) Automaton-based parsing for lexicalized grammars. In: Proceedings of the Fifth International Workshop on Parsing Technologies. Association for Computational Linguistics, Morristown, NJ, USA, pp. 66-76.

Rambow, Owen, Vijay-Shanker, K. and Weir, David (1995) D-Tree grammars. In: Proceedings of the 33rd Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Association for Computational Linguistics, Morristown, NJ, USA, pp. 151-158.

Evans, Roger, Gazdar, Gerald and Weir, David (1995) Encoding lexicalized tree adjoining grammars with a nonmonotonic inheritance hierarchy. In: Proceedings of the 33rd Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Association for Computational Linguistics, Morristown, NJ, USA, pp. 77-84.

Vijay-Shanker, K., Weir, David and Rambow, Owen (1995) Parsing D-Tree grammars. In: Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on Parsing Technologies. ACL/SIGPARSE, Prague, pp. 252-259.

Keller, Bill and Weir, David (1995) A tractable extension of linear indexed grammars. In: Proceedings of the Sixth Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Association for Computational Linguistics, Morristown, NJ, USA, pp. 75-82.

Keller, Bill and Weir, David (1994) From stacks to trees to feature structures: a tractable extension of linear indexed grammars. In: Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Tree Adjoining Grammars. Universite Paris, Paris.

Evans, Roger, Gazdar, Gerald and Weir, David (1994) Using default inheritance to describe LTAG. In: Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Tree Adjoining Grammars (TAG+3). Universite Paris 7, Paris.

Vijay-Shanker, K. and Weir, David (1993) The use of shared forests in TAG parsing. In: Proceedings of the Sixth Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Association for Computational Linguistics, Morristown, NJ, USA, pp. 384-393.

Weir, David (1992) Automata theory as relevant to linguistics. In: Bright, W. (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Linguistics. Oxford University Press, Oxford, England, pp. 145-146. ISBN 0195051963

Weir, David (1992) Linear context-free rewriting systems and deterministic tree-walking transducers. In: Proceedings of the 30th Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Association for Computational Linguistics, Morristown, NJ, USA, pp. 136-143.

Vijay-Shanker, K. and Weir, David (1991) Polynomial parsing of extensions of context-free grammars. In: Tomita, M. (ed.) Current Issues in Parsing Technology. Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 191-206. ISBN 0792391314

Joshi, Aravind, Vijay-Shanker, K. and Weir, David (1991) The convergence of mildly context-sensitive grammar formalisms. In: Wasow, T., Sells, P. and Shieber, S. (eds.) Foundational Issues in Natural Language Processing. MIT Press, Boston, MA, USA, pp. 31-81. ISBN 0-262-19303-5

Weir, David (1990) Computational properties of constrained grammar formalisms. In: The MIT parsing volume, 1989-90. MIT Parsing project working papers, 9 . MIT Press, Center for Cognitive Science, MIT.

Vijay-Shanker, K. and Weir, David (1990) Polynomial parsing of combinatory categorial grammars. In: Proceedings of the 28th Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Association for Computational Linguistics, Pittsburgh, PA, pp. 1-8.

Vijay-Shanker, K. and Weir, David (1989) The recognition of combinatory categorial grammars, linear indexed grammars, and tree sdjoining grammars. In: Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Parsing Technologies. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, pp. 172-181.

Weir, David and Joshi, Aravind (1988) Combinatory categorial grammars: generative power and relationship to linear context-free rewriting systems. In: Proceedings of the 26th Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Association for Computational Linguistics, Stanford, California, pp. 278-285.

Vijay-Shanker, K., Weir, David and Joshi, Aravind (1987) Characterizing structural descriptions produced by various grammatical formalisms. In: Proceedings of the 25th Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Association for Computational Linguistics, Stanford, California, pp. 104-111.

Vijay-Shanker, K., Weir, David and Joshi, Aravind (1987) On the progression from context-free to tree adjoining languages. In: Manaster-Ramer, A. (ed.) Mathematics of Language. John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 389-401. ISBN 1556190328

Vijay-Shanker, K., Weir, David and Joshi, Aravind (1986) Tree adjoining and head wrapping. In: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computational Linguistics. Association for Computational Linguistics, Morristown, NJ, USA, pp. 202-207.

Weir, David, Vijay-Shanker, K. and Joshi, Aravind (1986) The relationship between tree adjoining grammars and head grammars. In: Proceedings of the 24th Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Association for Computational Linguistics, Morristown, NJ, USA, pp. 67-74.

Conference or Workshop Item

Kober, Thomas and Weir, David (2015) Optimising agile social media analysis. In: 6th Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity, Sentiment and Social Media Analysis (WASSA 2015), 17th September 2015, Lisbon.

Wibberley, Simon, Reffin, Jeremy and Weir, David (2013) Language technology for agile social media science. In: Language Technology for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, and Humanities, 8th Aug 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Bollegala, Danushka, Weir, David and Carroll, John (2011) Using Multiple Sources to Construct a Sentiment Sensitive Thesaurus for Cross-Domain Sentiment Classification. In: Proceedings of the 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (ACL-HLT 2011), Portland, Oregon.

Conference Proceedings

Kober, Thomas, Weeds, Julie, Wilkie, John, Reffin, Jeremy and Weir, David (2017) One representation per word - does it make sense for composition? Published in: Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Sense, Concept and Entity Representations and their Applications [Valencia, Spain, 3rd-7th April 2017]. 79-90. Association for Computational Linguistics

Weeds, Julie, Kober, Thomas, Reffin, Jeremy and Weir, David (2017) When a red herring is not a red herring: using compositional methods to detect non-compositional phrases. Published in: Proceedings of the 15th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics [Valencia, Spain, April 3-7, 2017]: Volume 2, Short Papers. 529-534. ISBN 9781945626357

Batchkarov, Miroslav, Kober, Thomas, Reffin, Jeremy, Weeds, Julie and Weir, David (2016) A critique of word similarity as a method for evaluating distributional semantic models. The 1st Workshop on Evaluating Vector Space Representations for NLP, Berlin, 12th August 2016. Published in: Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Evaluating Vector-Space Representations for NLP. 7-12. Association for Computational Linguistics, Berlin, Germany.

Taylor, Joseph G, Sharmanska, Viktoriia, Kersting, Kristian, Weir, David and Quadrianto, Novi (2016) Learning using Unselected Features (LUFe). Published in: Kambhampati, Subbarao, (ed.) Proceedings of the 25th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence; New York; 9–15 July 2016. 2060-2066. AAAI Press / International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence ISBN 9781577357711

Wibberley, Simon, Reffin, Jeremy and Weir, David (2014) Method51 for mining insight from social media datasets. COLING 2014, Dublin, Ireland, August 23-29, 2014. Published in: Proceedings of COLING 2014, the 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics: System Demonstrations. 115-119. Association for Computational Linguistics

Bollegala, Danushka, Weir, David and Carroll, John (2014) Learning to predict distributions of words across domains. 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 23-25 June 2014. Published in: Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (Volume 1: Long Papers). 613-623. The Association for Computational Linguistics ISBN 9781937284725

Weeds, Julie, Weir, David and Reffin, Jeremy (2014) Distributional composition using higher-order dependency vectors. 2nd Workshop on Continuous Space Vector Models and their Composition (EACL 2014 Workshop), Gothenberg, Sweden, April 26-30, 2014. Published in: Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Continuous Vector Space Models and their Compositionality (CVSC). 11-20. Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)

Reports and working papers

Conway, Maura, Khawaja, Moign, Lakhani, Suraj, Reffin, Jeremy, Robertson, Andrew and Weir, David (2017) Disrupting Daesh: measuring takedown of online terrorist material and its impacts. Project Report. The Vox-Pol Network of Excellence.