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December 29, 2010

Posted by on It sounds natural that the focus of a research community changes over time. This focus, which presumably shows people’s main interest, is easy to observe by reading the papers that appear within a community every year.

Well, ACL is no exception, with *Statistical Machine Translation* being considered popular these days. But was that always the case? To answer this question, I collected all the papers that appeared in ACL in each year, and found which article these papers have cited the most. This would, to some degree, show what the ACL community have written about in each year.

Interestingly, the top cited topics are *Dialogue* and *Discourse* till mid 90s, but the focus has shifted to* Parsing*, and then* Machine Translation *in the past decade.

1979: A Goal Oriented Model Of Human Dialogue 1980: Ungrammaticality And Extra-Grammaticality In Natural Language Understanding Systems 1981: A Snapshot Of KDS A Knowledge Delivery System 1982: Linguistic Analysis Of Natural Language Communication With Computers 1983: A Practical Comparison Of Parsing Strategies 1984: Relaxation Techniques For Parsing Grammatically Ill-Formed Input In Natural Language Understanding Systems 1985: Parsing As Deduction 1986: Providing A Unified Account Of Definite Noun Phrases In Discourse 1987: Categorical Unification Grammars 1988: Attention, Intentions, And The Structure Of Discourse 1989: Attention, Intentions, And The Structure Of Discourse 1990: A Logical Semantics For Feature Structures 1991: Attention, Intentions, And The Structure Of Discourse 1992: Attention, Intentions, And The Structure Of Discourse 1993: Attention, Intentions, And The Structure Of Discourse 1994: Attention, Intentions, And The Structure Of Discourse 1995: Attention, Intentions, And The Structure Of Discourse 1996: A Stochastic Parts Program And Noun Phrase Parser For Unrestricted Text 1997: The Mathematics Of Statistical Machine Translation: Parameter Estimation 1998: Building A Large Annotated Corpus Of English: The Penn Treebank 1999: Building A Large Annotated Corpus Of English: The Penn Treebank 2000: Building A Large Annotated Corpus Of English: The Penn Treebank 2001: The Mathematics Of Statistical Machine Translation: Parameter Estimation 2002: A Maximum-Entropy-Inspired Parser 2003: The Mathematics Of Statistical Machine Translation: Parameter Estimation 2004: The Mathematics Of Statistical Machine Translation: Parameter Estimation 2005: A Maximum-Entropy-Inspired Parser 2006: The Mathematics Of Statistical Machine Translation: Parameter Estimation 2007: Minimum Error Rate Training In Statistical Machine Translation 2008: Minimum Error Rate Training In Statistical Machine Translation 2009: Minimum Error Rate Training In Statistical Machine Translation 2010: Moses: Open Source Toolkit for Statistical Machine Translation (Raw data from http://clair.si.umich.edu/clair/anthology/)

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