Tutorial: Visual Analytics for Computational Linguistics

September 22, 2016

at KONVENS 2016,

Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

held by:

Annette Hautli-Janisz and Dominik Sacha, University of Konstanz, Germany

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Aims and motivation

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the emerging field of the visualization of linguistic information (LingVis) which combines techniques developed in the fields of Information Visualization (InfoVis) and Visual Analytics with methodology and analyses from theoretical and computational linguistics. As a specialized subfield of information visualization, the visualization of language continues to face particular challenges: Language data is complex, only partly structured and, as with todays language resources, comes in large quantities. The overall challenge lies in breaking down the multidimensionality into intuitive visual variables that enable an at-a-glance overview of the data and the patterns underlying it. In this course, we aim to introduce students to the basic principles of InfoVis and present concrete use cases of LingVis in both synchronic and diachronic dimensions. A part of the course will include hands-on sessions in which students can experiment with pre-prepared data sets and LingVis software in order to investigate how complex linguistic questions can profit from visual analysis.

Expected level and prerequisites: Introductory. Basic knowledge of linguistics is required. Elementary programming experience will be helpful but is not a priori required.

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9.00 - 9.30Registration
9.30 - 11.00General introduction to CLVis. Survey of existing visualizations relevant for CLVis, with critical analysis by instructors and students.
11.00 - 11.30Coffee break
11.30 - 13.00Visualization Theory. The goals and principles of information visualization (visual variables and interaction techniques) and their cognitive foundations.
13.00 - 14.30Lunch break
14.30 - 16.00Hands-On: Repurposing visualizations. How to adapt and modify existing visualizations. Introduction of a sample practice problem with concrete data sets.
16.00 - 16.30Coffee break
16.30 - 18.00Spill-over and conclusion. Discussion of the practice problem, the visualizations and results. Discussion of future directions for CLVis.

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The tutorial will be held in the ID building, room 04/413. For more information on the conference venue, see the KONVENS-2016 website.

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Annette Hautli-Janisz
Department of Linguistics
University of Konstanz
78457 Konstanz
E-mail: annette.hautli@uni-konstanz.de

Dominik Sacha
Department of Computer Science
University of Konstanz
78457 Konstanz

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