Monthly Archives: September 2011

Utility Scripts for Named-Entity Recognizer (follow-up post)

In this previous post, followed by this one, I described an approach to using ANNIE for named entity recognition. This approach combines a traditional rule set with machine learning. To complete the post, I need to publish the perl scripts … Continue reading

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Over a barrel in Niagara Falls

Annie Taylor was the first person to climb inside of a specially constructed barrel and plunge over Niagara Falls in 1901. Since then, approximately 14 others have attempted the feat. Having recently observed the Falls in person, I can state … Continue reading

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Risk

Coal mining is one of Appalachia’s biggest industries, but it faces imminent collapse if this recent AP article is to be believed. Projections for 2015 mining activity are half that of 2008, as the remaining coal seams become more difficult … Continue reading

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Autumn is for…Running?

In 1978, my freshman year of HS, I joined the cross country team. The team picture from that year shows me–all 150 lbs of scrawny–with a big grin in the middle of a bunch of other scrawny dorks. To make … Continue reading

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A Lost Gift Rediscovered

Since I was young, Ive had a prediliction for words. I love the way words come together–particularly their sounds–and as a young teen I started writing poetry and other prose. I collected much of it for years, but in April … Continue reading

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