Computer Laboratory

Felix Hill

I am a second year PhD Student in the Computer Laboratory's Natural Language and Information Processing Group, supervised by Anna Korhonen.

My research applies results from cognitive psychology and neuroscience to build models that learn the meaning of words and concepts. I am particularly interested in approaches to abstraction in language and algorithms for learning abstract concepts.

Because cross-disciplinary work is not as common as it should be, I am a student organizer for the Cambridge Language Sciences initiative.

When I'm not doing worky stuff I like travelling, running, football, tennis and relaxing. I was also also Captain of the Cambridge University Stymies Golf Team, who enjoy doling out punishment to my former university.

I am a St John's College Benefactors' Scholar.

SimLex-999: A resource for the evaluation of semantic models


Selected* Publications

Hill, F. Cho, KH. Jean, S. Devin, C. Bengio, Y. Not All Neural Embeddings are Born Equal. 2014. Preprint published on arXiv. arXiv:

Hill, F. Reichart, R. Korhonen, A. SimLex-999: Evaluating Semantic Models with (Genuine) Similarity Estimation. 2014. Preprint published on arXiv. arXiv:1408:3456. > Accompanying dataset.

Hill, F. & Korhonen, A. 2014. Learning Abstract Concepts from Multi-Modal Data: Since You Probably Can't See What I Mean. Proceedings of EMNLP 2014.

Hill, F. Reichart, R. Korhonen, A. 2014. Multi-Modal Models for Concrete and Abstract Concept Meaning. Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics (TACL)

Kiela, D. & Hill, F. (joint first authors), Korhonen, A. & Clark, S. 2014. Improving multi-modal representations using image dispersion: Why less is sometimes more. Proceedings of ACL 2014.

Hill, F. & Korhonen, A. 2014. Concreteness and subjectivity as dimensions of lexical meaning. Proceedings of ACL 2014.

Bentz, C., Kiela, D., Hill, F. & Buttery, P. 2014. Zipf's law and the grammar of languages: A quantitative study of Old and Modern English parallel texts. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Typology.

Hill, F. , Korhonen, A., & Bentz, C. 2013. A quantitative empirical analysis of the abstract/concrete distinction. Cognitive Science

Hill, F., Kiela, D., & Korhonen, A. 2013. Concreteness and corpora: A theoretical and practical analysis. Proceedings of ACL-CMCL 2013. Cognitive Science Society Best Student Paper award (CMCL).

Hill, F., Korhonen, A., & Bentz, C. 2013. Large-scale empirical analyses of concreteness. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Berlin, Germany

Hill, F. 2012. Beauty before age: Applying subjectivity to English adjective ordering. Proceedings of NAACL-HLT 2012 Student Research Workshop, Montreal, Canada

*I have selected all of them

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