Computational Linguistics & Phonetics Computational Linguistics & Phonetics Fachrichtung 4.7 Universität des Saarlandes
Reading group on Distributional Semantic Models

Reading group on Distributional Semantic Models

This is the web page of the reading group on distributional semantic models. The reading group welcomes computational linguists, linguists, psycholinguists, NLP people and every possible flavor in between.

We will meet on Tuesdays at 11am in the Aquarium (Room 3.23, Geb. C7.4) probably every second week.

Next week
Our next meeting will be
  • on Tuesday, January 10th, 11am. Carina will present this paper:
    • Kober, T., Weeds, J., Reffin, J., & Weir, D. (2016). Improving Sparse Word Representations with Distributional Inference for Semantic Composition. arXiv preprint arXiv:1608.06794.

Mailing list
If you are interested in receiving emails regarding the reading group, email Alessandra (zarcone (at) to be added to the mailing list.

I will update a Google calendar with current talks, as well as show titles in the table below. You can use the calendar to see what papers we presented so far and to integrate it in your calendar app of choice (iCal/ICS - HTML).

(To import it into Google Calendar, pick "Other Calendars" -> "Add by URL" and copy the ICS link there).

Paper suggestions
The reading group encourages paper suggestions from the participants. Here's a few suggestions for papers to discuss. Email Alessandra (zarcone (at) to add your suggestions to this list: See also

"One might consider LSA's maximal knowledge of the world
to be analogous to a well-read nun's knowledge of sex,
a level of knowledge often deemed
a sufficient basis for advising the young"

Landauer et al. An introduction to Latent Semantic Analysis