We present an open source morphological analyzer for Japanese nouns, verbs and adjectives. The system builds upon the morphological analyzing capabilities of MeCab to incorporate finer details of classification such as politeness, tense, mood and voice attributes. We implemented our analyzer in the form of a finite state transducer using the open source finite state compiler FOMA toolkit. The source code and tool is available at https://bitbucket.org/skylander/yc-nlplab/. Click to Read Paper
We explore the idea that authoring a piece of text is an act of maximizing one's expected utility. To make this idea concrete, we consider the societally important decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States. Extensive past work in quantitative political science provides a framework for empirically modeling the decisions of justices and how they relate to text. We incorporate into such a model texts authored by amici curiae ("friends of the court" separate from the litigants) who seek to weigh in on the decision, then explicitly model their goals in a random utility model. We demonstrate the benefits of this approach in improved vote prediction and the ability to perform counterfactual analysis. Click to Read Paper