Rediscovering 15 + 2 years of discoveries in language resources and evaluation
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This paper analyzes the content of the proceedings of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC) over the past 17 years (1998–2014), with the goal of gaining a picture of the LREC community and the topics that are most relevant to the field. We follow the methodology used in similar studies, including the survey of the IEEE ICASSP conference proceedings from 1976 to 1990, the survey of the Association of Computational Linguistics conference proceedings over 50 years, and the survey of the proceedings of the conferences contained in the ISCA Archive over 25 years (1987–2012). We expand on results originally presented at LREC 2014, but include the proceedings of LREC 2014 itself in the study together with an analysis of various citation graphs. We show the evolution over time of the number of papers and authors, including their distribution by gender and affiliation, as well as collaborations and citation patterns among authors and papers, funding sources for reported research, and plagiarism and reuse in LREC papers; results for LREC are compared with similar results for major conferences in related fields. We also consider the evolution of research topics over time and identify the authors who introduced key terms. Finally, we propose and apply a measure of a researcher’s notability and provide the results for LREC authors. The study uses NLP methods that have been published in the corpus considered in the study. In addition to providing a revealing characterization of the LRE community, the study also demonstrates the need for establishing a system for unique identification of authors, papers and other sources to facilitate this type of analysis.
KeywordsELRA Anthology Language resources Language processing systems evaluation Text analytics Social networks ISLRN Bibliometrics Scientometrics
The authors wish to thank the ACL colleagues, Ken Church, Sanjeev Khudanpur, Amjbad Abu Jbara, Dragomir Radev and Simone Teufel, who helped them in the starting phase, Isabel Trancoso, who gave her ISCA Archive analysis on the use of assessment and corpora, Wolfgang Hess, who produced and provided a 14 GBytes ISCA Archive, Emmanuelle Foxonet who provided a list of authors given names with genre, Florian Boudin, who made available the TALN Anthology, Helen van der Stelt and Jolanda Voogd (Springer) who provided the LRE data and Douglas O’Shaughnessy, Denise Hurley, Rebecca Wollman and Casey Schwartz (IEEE) who provided the IEEE ICASSP and TASLP data, Nancy Ide and Christopher Cieri who largely improved the readability of the paper. They also thank Khalid Choukri, Alexandre Sicard and Nicoletta Calzolari, who provided information about the past LREC conferences, Victoria Arranz, Ioanna Giannopoulou, Johann Gorlier, Jérémy Leixa, Valérie Mapelli and Hélène Mazo, who helped in recovering the metadata for LREC 1998, and all the organizers, reviewers and authors over the 17 years conferences without whom this analysis could not have been conducted!
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