May 18, 2004

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Words to review for the GRE

chary cautious wary
cloture closing device (in Parliament) to end a debate by voting
coeval of the same period coexisting
countervail counterbalance
desuetude cessation of use disuse
edacious voracious devouring
encomium warm or glowing praise eulogy panegyric
epicurean devoted to pleasure (sensuous enjoyment)
expatiate to roam wander freely
expiation ending expiring
exscind to cut out cut away
facetious humorous funny jocular
finical too fussy about food clothing etc.
foment put smth warm (to lessen the pain) (i always thought of this as fomenting rebellion)
froward intractable not willing to yield or comply stubborn
fulmination bitter protest
gaucherie socially awkward tactless behavior
hermetic sealed by fusion (don’t think of mages)
imbroglio complicated and embarrassing situation
inchoate not yet fully formed rudimentary elementary
limn paint portray
lucubrate write in scholarly fashion
luculent easily understood lucid clear
macerate make or become soft by soaking in water
maladroit tactless clumsy
minatory menacing threatening
nostrum a quack remedy an untested cure
nugatory trifling/worthless
obloquy abusively detractive language sharp criticism vituperation
odium contempt dislike aversion
opprobrious showing scorn or reproach
paean song of praise or triumph
palliate lessen the severity of
panegyric formal praise eulogy
peccadillo small sin small weakness in one’s character
peregrination traveling about wandering
picaresque involving clever rogues or adventurers
piquant agreeably pungent stimulating
probity uprightness incorruptibility principle
prolix tiring because too long
propinquity nearness in time or place affinity of nature
provident frugal looking to the future
puissance strength
pusillanimous cowardly craven
quotidian banal everyday
raconteur person who tells anecdotes
recidivism relapse into antisocial or criminal behavior
recondite little known abstruse
recreancy cowardice a cowardly giving up
refractory stubborn unmanageable untractable
repine at be discontented with
restive refusing to move reluctant to be controlled
salubrious healthful
salutary remedial wholesome causing improvement
saturnine gloomy dark sullen morose
sedulous persevering
sententious short and pithy full of maxims/proverbs
sere make hard and without feeling
somatic of the body
turpitude wickedness shamefulness
tyro tiro beginner
virago a loud domineering woman a scold or nag
vitiate lower the quality weaken the strength

My schedule now

M CS21A-B 8:30 9:30 F-227 (lecture)
M CS110-A 10:30 |11:30 CTC215
M CS21A-G 11:30 |12:30 F-228 (mis)
M CS139.3 1:30 4:30
W CS21A-B 8:30 9:30 F-227 (lecture)
W CS110-A 10:30 |11:30 CTC215
W CS21A-G 11:30 |12:30 F-228 (mis)
W CS139.3 1:30 2:30 .
F CS21A-B 7:30 9:30 F-227 (lab)
F CS110-A 10:30 |11:30 CTC215
F CS21A-G 11:30 |12:30 F-228 (mis)
F CS139.3 1:30 2:30 .
F CS21A-A 2:30 4:30 F-227 (lab for Dr. Sarmenta)
T CS110-B 7:30 9:00 F-227
H CS110-B 7:30 9:00 F-227

I’m trying to see if someone else can take CS110-B, so that I don’t
have TTh classes.

Thoughts on natural language processing and possible research

Hmm, needs more thought.

Wearable computing application: memory augmentation (personal
information management, elderly)

problems facing wearable computing (re information

- SPEECH-DRIVEN IMPLICIT QUERIES. A wearable computer can assist

human-human interaction by monitoring keywords in the conversation
and suggesting relevant information, which will be presented in the
background (visual, monophonic audio, spatially-located audio). A
limited-vocabulary speaker-dependent speech engine recognizes names
and keywords associated with personal information management while
the wearer talks to other people. For example, the user might say,
“Let me look at my schedule for Tuesday.” The system will recognize
“TUESDAY” and display a link for this Tuesday’s schedule. The user
can then key in further input or use structured voice commands to
navigate through the data. To avoid confusion with the ongoing
human-human conversation, human-computer interaction should be
structured and clearly separate. (*Note*: I think I want to work on
this for my PhD. Implicit queries for personal information


used to record everything you say so that you can process it later.
The speech stream from a directional microphone includes both
dialogue with the wearable computer and dialogue with other
entities. Online use involves limited-vocabulary speech recognition.
The full speech stream can be stored on the hard disk and tagged on
the fly with markers for later transcription using a
large-vocabulary speech recognition engine. The post-processing of
the text stream can be performed off-line and need not be


retrieval with text summarization is necessary in order to deal with
information overload. Both exact and fuzzy searches need to be
supported. Topics may need to be mapped using an ontology in order
to take advantage of communal knowledge or search through personal
information. Output needs to be summarized; browsing through a
webpage to find an answer is inefficient and requires too much
attention. However, explicit queries against personal data stores
cannot take advantage of the redundancy of the Web, and the
wearable computer will need fuzzy search capabilities. (This is hard!)