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[ntcir:203] CFP: Stylistics for Text Retrieval in Practice

	      Stylistics for Text Retrieval in Practice
			 SIGIR 2006 Workshop
		       Seattle, August 10, 2006


Recent years have seen an increased attention to various aspects of
automatic analysis and extraction of stylistic aspects of natural
language texts.  Style may be roughly defined as the 'manner' in which
something is expressed, as opposed to the 'content' of a
message. Modelling, representing, explaining, and utilizing variation
in the manner of expression is the business of stylistic analysis.

This workshop follows four previous successful exploratory events
on stylistic analysis and will focus on the practical craft of
stylistic analysis in natural language texts.

                      THIS YEAR: BRING A DEMO!

Potentially useful applications of stylistic analysis abound,
including systems for genre-based information retrieval, authorship
attribution, plagiarism detection, context-sensitive text or speech
generation systems, organizing and retrieving documents based on their
writing style, attitude, or sentiment, quality or appropriateness
filters for messaging systems, detecting abusive or threatening
language, and more. This year, participants are expected to bring with
them a method for applying stylistic analysis to information access

Before lunch, methods will be discussed in session; after lunch,
demonstrated in practice.

                        DISCUSSION QUESTION

Participants should address the following key challenge question
in their participation proposals:


and consider the following questions for discussion in session:

1. How does style relate to other forms of non-topical textual variation?
2. What features are best for different style analysis tasks?
3. Is cross-lingual or 'universal' style analysis possible, and if so, how?
4. How might we develop useful shared resources for moving style research

                         SUBMISSION FORMAT

Send us a statement (in PDF) of up to five pages describing your
research or application with a short description (and screenshots if
possible) of the demonstration you plan to show. At the workshop we
will discuss and decide on an appropriate forum for a more permanent
record of the proceedings. If you would like a speaking slot in the
discussion session, you should indicate this in your statement of


Shlomo Argamon, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
Jussi Karlgren, Swedish Institute for Computer Science, Sweden
Ozlem Uzuner, University at Albany, State University of New York, USA


                          IMPORTANT DATES

Expression of interest to participate          now!
Submission of participation proposals          June 1
Notification of acceptance                     June 14
Program published                              June 20
Workshop                                       August 10