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Evandro Ruiz

Evandro Ruiz

University of Sao Paulo

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Evandro Ruiz · BRACIS 2020

Statistical analysis of small twitter data collection to identify dengue outbreaks

This study presents an algorithmic strategy to analyze a small set of social network information to monitor the dengue disease. Previous studies have achieved similar results based on large datasets of Twitter microblogs. In this study, we successfully map dengue cases using a small data collection of tweets from a medium-size city. A set of modules were constructed to collect, categorize, and display dengue-related tweets. We compared the collected tweets with real data from confirmed dengue cases. We showed a significant correlation between the number of confirmed dengue cases and the number of dengue-related tweets, even considering such a small dataset. The results of this approach may be relevant in public health policies.

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Evandro Ruiz · BRACIS 2020

Post-processing of machine translation texts based on graph theory

Machine translation is intrinsically associated with the study and development of computerized methodologies for idiomatic translations' production. The most common approaches are the statistical and methods based on neural networks. One of the deficiencies pointed out by these methods is the possible lack of coherence between the translated sentences. In this project, we propose using techniques based on Graph Theory to preserve the coherence in the translation of texts from English to Portuguese. The studied method presents large performance variability; however, some translations produce sentences 90% better evaluated than the statistical translator Moses and 10% superior to Google Translate.

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Paulo Berlanga Neto · BRACIS 2020

Experimenting Sentence Split-and-Rephrase Using Part-of-Speech Labels

Text simplification (TS) is a natural language transformation process that reduces linguistic complexity while preserving semantics and retaining its original meaning. This work aims to present a research proposal for automatic simplification of texts, precisely a split-and-rephrase approach based on an encoder-decoder neural network model. The proposed method was trained against the WikiSplit English corpus with the help of a part-of-speech tagger and obtained a BLEU score of 74.72%. We also experimented with this trained model to split-and-rephrase sentences written in Portuguese with relative success, showing the method’s potential.