Lucy H. Lin


I am a research scientist at Spotify. I'm broadly interested in natural language processing methods for advancing our understanding of social phenomena across media, policy, and technology.

I received my PhD in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Washington, where I was advised by Noah Smith; my work was funded in part by a NSF Graduate Fellowship. Before grad school, I was a software engineer at Microsoft (Skype for Business Server), and before that, I graduated with a BSE in Computer Science and Certificate in Finance from Princeton University.


Idea matching and measurement

The partisan dimensions of religious rhetoric: Merging qualitative and natural language processing approaches to measure Congressional behavior
Sarah K. Dreier, Lucy H. Lin, Sofia Serrano, Emily K. Gade, Noah A. Smith
Working draft; presented at Text As Data (2018) & Conference on Politics and Computational Social Science (2019).
Natural language processing for analyzing disaster recovery trends expressed in large text corpora
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Semantic matching against a corpus: New applications and methods
Preprint; presented at NW-NLP (2018).
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Analysis of news text

PolitiFact language audit
Technical report for PolitiFact (2018).
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Syntax, semantics, and representations

Parsing with multilingual BERT, a small corpus, and a small treebank
In Findings of EMNLP (2020); presented at SIGTYP (2021).
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Situating sentence embedders with nearest neighbor overlap
Lucy H. Lin, Noah A. Smith
Preprint; presented at Text As Data (2019).
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Improving natural language inference with a pretrained parser
Preprint (2019).
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Semantic comparisons for natural language processing applications
Lucy H. Lin
PhD thesis (2021), advised by Noah A. Smith.
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Gender demographics of invited seminar speakers reflect gender disparities of faculty hosts
Rachel A. Hutto, Lisa Voelker, Jacob J. O'Connor, Lucy H. Lin, Natalia Mesa, Claire Rusch
In submission.
Cascading failures in financial networks
Lucy H. Lin
Undergraduate senior thesis (2012), advised by Andrea LaPaugh.


lucylin [at] cs [dot] washington [dot] edu