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Workshop on AI and Large Language Models (LLMs) for the Analysis of Large Literary Corpora


Ecole Normale Supérieure, salle Dussane, 45 rue d’Ulm, 75005 Paris, France.

Held in coordination with the CHR 2023 Conference (Dec 6-8, 2023, EPITA, Paris)

The availability of large collections of literary texts (several thousands of novels for a given language for example, covering a significant part of the literature of the time) along with statistical models have profoundly changed our knowledge of literature. In parallel, the availability of efficient natural language processing (NLP) tools has made possible the structural analysis of these novels.

More recently, the advent of large language models and more specifically generative AI has again dramatically modified the analysis of literary texts, providing more robust and more versatile annotation tools. Zero-shot learning means that new categories and new tasks can be explored at a reduced cost, through prompting for example. But this is not without raising new questions. These techniques may be less robust (depending on the quality of the training set), harder to evaluate and harder to replicate (since models evolve very quickly; they depend on several parameters and do not always produce the same output).

The workshop will explore themes related to the annotation and analysis of large literary corpora. It will more specifically examine for what generic tasks we now have access to relatively robust and accurate tools. We will then investigate to what extent generative models can be exploited in this context, their benefits and their potential drawbacks. The implication on teaching may also be addressed, as well as the very quick obsolescence of current programs, given the pace of the evolution of the domain.

  • Scientific committee
    • David Bamman (Berkeley, USA)
    • Evelyn Gius (Darmstadt, Germany)
    • Thierry Poibeau (CNRS, France)
    • Sara Tonelli (FKB, Italy)
  • Organization committee
    • Jean Barré (firstname.lastname [at]
    • Pedro Cabrera
    • Florian Cafiero
    • Fabien Garrido
    • Virginie Pauchont
    • Marie Puren
    • Thierry Poibeau

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