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Automatic processing of natural language in all its facets is the core research interest of Nils Reiter and his research group. The history of natural language process and computational linguistics go back to the 1960s and quite diverse methods have been applied to this problem in the past. Since roughly 2000, more and more practical applications and research systems are built using machine learning systems, because the number of (potentially) influencing contextual factors for making decisions in language is enormeous and very difficult to take into account manually.

Nils Reiter’s work is specifically focused on applications of computational linguistics methods and best practices on research data and research problems in the humanities and social sciences: With team members and collaboration partners, he works on the quantitative analysis of dramatic texts and theater plays, the automatic understanding of narrative texts and story telling and generally methods to combine qualitative and quantitative research.

Influential factors and their contribution to the classification performance for determining whether dramatic characters in 18th and 19th century German plays fulfill the role of ‘intriguer’. Details can be found in

Selected publications

  1. Janis Pagel, Nils Reiter. DramaCoref: A Hybrid Coreference Resolution System for German Theater Plays. In Proceedings of the Fourth Workshop on Computational Models of Reference, Anaphora and Coreference, November 2021.
  2. Albin Zehe, Leonard Konle, Svenja Guhr, Lea Dümpelmann, Evelyn Gius, Andreas Hotho, Fotis Jannidis, Lucas Kaufmann, Markus Krug, Frank Puppe, Nils Reiter, Annekea Schreiber. Shared Task on Scene Segmentation. KONVENS 2021. In Proceedings of the Shared Task on Scene Segmentation, September 2021.
  3. Axel Pichler, Nils Reiter. Reflektierte Textanalyse. In Nils Reiter, Axel Pichler, Jonas Kuhn (eds.): Reflektierte Algorithmische Textanalyse. Interdisziplinäre(s) Arbeiten in der CRETA-Werkstatt, pp. 43-60, Berlin 2020.
  4. Evelyn Gius, Nils Reiter, Marcus Willand (eds.). A Shared Task for the Digital Humanities. Special issue of Cultural Analytics, November 2019.
  5. Nils Reiter, Jonas Kuhn, Marcus Willand. To GUI or not to GUI?. In Maximilian Eibl, Martin Gaedke (eds.): INFORMATIK 2017, Lecture Notes in Informatics (LNI), vol. 275, Chemnitz, Germany, September 2017.
  6. Manuel Braun, Nils Reiter. Sangsprüche auf Wörterwolken oder: Vorläufige Versuche zur Verbindung quantitativer und qualitativer Methoden bei der Erforschung mittelhochdeutscher Lyrik. In Horst Brunner, Freimut Löser, Janina Franzke (eds.): Sangspruchdichtung zwischen Reinmar von Zweter, Oswald von Wolkenstein und Michel Beheim, pp. 5-20, Wiesbaden, Germany 2017.