Hi, I'm Naitian.
That's pronounced naɪtjen like 🌙 💴.
I'm a recent alum of the University of Michigan (go blue!), where I studied computer science, data science and linguistics. Right now, I'm doing research with David Jurgens in the UM School of Information. In the past, I've also worked on social computing with Tanu Mitra in the UW Information School and on social dialogue agents with Jon May at USC ISI.
I'm interested in some mixture of computational social science, natural language processing and digital humanities. I also care a lot about the news, data journalism, data visualization and crossword puzzles.
- Mar. 5, 2022: Ran my first half marathon race (whoa!)
- Sometime between Dec. 2021 and Jan. 2022: Graduated from the University of Michigan (wow!)
- Dec. 22, 2021: Received an Honorable Mention for the CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award (neat!)
- Nov. 26, 2021: Launched the Spalling Bie (cool!)
Proceedings of the 2020 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP)
In times of distress, we frequently go online to seek social support and condolence. But effectively providing that support to others is easier said than done. This study aims to computationally identify mechanisms and strategies for delivering effective and impactful condolence on social media.
I am writing or have written code for: The Michigan
Daily as the managing online
editor, NBC News as a Data
Graphics intern, the Michigan Data Science
Team as a project leader, Capital One as a software engineering intern
(x2 summers) and, of course, myself as
Here is a sampler of my work.
The Spalling Bie is just like the New York Times Spelling Bee, except you only get points for fake words that sound plausible. [Link]
I did research, data collection, analysis and graphics for an NBC News story tracking where Americans could expect to find pharmacies that would carry the Covid-19 vaccine. [Link]
As part of a challenge, I used a database of book titles from Amazon and a part-of-speech tagger to construct grammatically correct sentences using only book titles. Earned an honorable mention from Randall Munroe, creator of XKCD. [Link]
A different kind of New Year's countdown, IYSP takes inspiration from the internet memes about "starting the year off right." [Link]