Swarthmore College 2013

Linguistics and Computer Science


I am currently in the process of changing my major to Linguistics and Computer Science, due to my heavy interest in Natural Language Processing. I am working under Dr. Gao on topics related to opinion mining and graph theory. My project, PAIRS, is a system for gathering and evaluating comparative opinions on a list of items in order to form a ranked list. It is an online system, thus it is attempting to find a decent balance between speed and robustness. It consists of both PHP and Java, and, though currently functional, still has a ways to go. PAIRS is useful for comparing a set of items, some of which have never been directly compared to each other. With the proper user-inputted "bridge" of items, a comparison chain can allow for the comparison of two otherwise incomparable items.