LINGUIST List 32.3671

Mon Nov 22 2021

Books: Explainable Natural Language Processing: Søgaard

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Date: 16-Nov-2021
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Subject: Explainable Natural Language Processing: Søgaard
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Title: Explainable Natural Language Processing
Series Title: Synthesis Lectures on Human Language Technologies
Published: 2021
Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers

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Author: Anders Søgaard
Paperback: ISBN: 9781636392134 Pages: 123 Price: U.S. $ 44.95

This book presents a taxonomy framework and survey of methods relevant to explaining the decisions and analyzing the inner workings of Natural Language Processing (NLP) models. The book is intended to provide a snapshot of Explainable NLP, though the field continues to rapidly grow. The book is intended to be both readable by first-year M.Sc. students and interesting to an expert audience. The book opens by motivating a focus on providing a consistent taxonomy, pointing out inconsistencies and redundancies in previous taxonomies. It goes on to present (i) a taxonomy or framework for thinking about how approaches to explainable NLP relate to one another; (ii) brief surveys of each of the classes in the taxonomy, with a focus on methods that are relevant for NLP; and (iii) a discussion of the inherent limitations of some classes of methods, as well as how to best evaluate them. Finally, the book closes by providing a list of resources for further research on explainability.

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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