LINGUIST List 12.142

Sun Jan 21 2001

Jobs: NLP: Intern at Microsoft Research, WA, USA

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  1. Angel Baum, NLP: Intern at Microsoft Research, WA, USA

Message 1: NLP: Intern at Microsoft Research, WA, USA

Date: 19 Jan 2001 23:43:19 -0000
From: Angel Baum <>
Subject: NLP: Intern at Microsoft Research, WA, USA

Rank of Job: 
Areas Required: Natural Language Processing
Other Desired Areas: Research
University or Organization: Microsoft
Department: Natural Languages
State or Province: WA
Country: USA
Final Date of Application: Open
Contact: Angel Baum

Address for Applications:
One Microsoft Way
WA 98052

We are pleased to announce an internship opportunity in the Natural
Language Processing group at Microsoft Research in Redmond,
Washington. Please feel free to forward this mail to anyone who may
be interested.

We are looking for an intern to help improve a statistical spelling
correction algorithm within the Microsoft Natural Language Processing
System by incorporating pronunciation modeling. Last year MSR
researchers developed a new statistical model for spelling correction
that improved substantially on the previous state of the art. It
appears that many of the residual errors made by the new algorithm
could be corrected by modifying it to take word pronunication into
account. Qualified applicants must be pursuing a graduate degree in
Computer Science, Computational Linguistics or related discipline.
Good programming skills (C++ and/or Perl) and a basic understanding of
probability theory are required. Specialized knowledge of statistical
approaches to NLP is highly desirable.

Since the early 1990s, the Natural Language Processing group in
Microsoft Research has been building the system -- infrastructure and
grammars -- that serves as the underpinnings for Microsoft's
linguistic product features. We are looking for people with
backgrounds in Linguistics and/or Natural Language Processing to help
us advance our ambitious research and product goals. 

To meet this challenge, we need outstanding research scientists with
the vision, knowledge, passion, and commitment to be part of our team.
What better way to get an up close and personal look at this future
than by spending the summer working on very challenging projects with
some very bright researchers? Our past interns have greatly impacted
research in key technical areas, published papers based on their
summer work at MSR, established strong ties with our industrial
research staff as well as other interns, been challenged to look at
super tough problems in new ways, and all the while, having fun doing

If you'd like to learn more about the research groups, check out and then visit for more
information on our internship opportunities. 

To apply, please send your resume as a Word document or in ASCII text
and recommendation letters to '' We look forward
to hearing from you. 
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