Université de Paris 8

It was May 8, the morning after the second round of voting for the presidency in France. Sarkozy had just won, 53% to 47%; he is the president of the UMP, and the Socialist Party’s Ségolène Royal had been pretty soundly defeated. I was scheduled to give a talk at St. Denis at 10am. I arrived, and students were milling around the entrance; no one could get in. There was a bomb threat.

Eventually we went in, and about 45 minutes later, we got started: Ver un nouvel empirisme: l’apprentissage automatique de la morphologie.

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