Amanda Stent (Bloomberg) “Text Analytics in Finance: A Case Study and Some Considerations”

October 17, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Hackerman Hall B17
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21218
Center for Language and Speech Processing


The finance industry increasingly seeks insight from unstructured data, including through text analytics. In this talk, I will give a brief survey of NLP as used in text analytics, then talk in detail about the NLP platform we are building at Bloomberg, including example applications. I will close with some ways in which NLP for financial text analytics is similar to and different from NLP as commonly done in research, and some ideas for productive NLP work.

Amanda Stent is a NLP architect at Bloomberg LP. Previously, she was a director of research and principal research scientist at Yahoo Labs, a principal member of technical staff at AT&T Labs – Research, and an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Stony Brook University. Her research interests center on natural language processing and its applications, in particular topics related to text analytics, discourse and dialog. She holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Rochester. She is co-editor of the book Natural Language Generation in Interactive Systems (Cambridge University Press), has authored over 90 papers on natural language processing and is co-inventor on over twenty patents and patent applications. She is president emeritus of the ACL/ISCA Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialog, treasurer of the ACL Special Interest Group on Natural Language Generation and one of the rotating editors of the journal Dialogue & Discourse. She is also a board member of CRA-W, where she co-edits the newsletter.

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