Paper: The Case for Empiricism (With and Without Statistics)

ACL ID W14-3002
Title The Case for Empiricism (With and Without Statistics)
Venue Frame Semantics in NLP: A Workshop in Honor of Chuck Fillmore (1929-2014)
Session
Year 2014
Authors

These days we tend to use terms like empirical and statistical as if they are interchangeable, but it wasn?t always this way, and probably for good reason. In A Pendulum Swung Too Far (Church, 2011), I argued that graduate programs should make room for both Empiricism and Rational- ism. We don?t know which trends will dominate the field tomorrow, but it is a good bet that it won?t be what?s hot today. We should prepare the next generation of students for all possible futures, or at least all probable futures. This pa- per argues for a diverse interpretation of Empiri- cism, one that makes room for everything from Humanities to Engineering (and then some). Figure 1: Lily Wong Fillmore (standing) and Charles (Chuck) Fillmore 1 Lifetime Achievement Award (LTA) Sinc...