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Publications and other Data from members of the Westbury Lab.


Data we make available to the public

Word Lists
Co-occurrence derived estimates of human judgments for 23,162 English words: Affective arousal and valence, subjective familiarity, and imageability (October, 2014)
USENET Orthographic Frequencies for the 40,481 words in the English Lexicon Project. (2005-2006)
USENET Orthographic Frequencies for over 111,000 words (2005-2006)
USENET Orthographic Frequencies for 1,618,598 types. (2005-2006)
Orthographic Neighborhoods for over 111,000 English words
Neighborhood Density Measures for 57,153 English Words.
Corpora
A 900 million word Wikipedia snapshot corpus. (2010) [BETA VERSION]
A 29 billion word USENET corpus. (2005-2010) [BETA VERSION]
Vector Sets
HiDEx word vectors created from a Wikipedia corpus. [BETA VERSION]

 

Software we make available to the public

NEW! HiDEx: High Dimensional Explorer
Beta Version 0.06, released Sept 1st 2013.
A software tool to create and explore high-dimensional models of lexical co-occurrence. [For Linux, Unix, and Mac OS X only. Compilation required.]
ACTUATE: Assessing Cases : The University of Alberta Testing Environment.
A platform independent tool for administering simple psychological experiments and tests. [Mac and Windows versions are now available.]
NUANCE: The Naturalistic University of Alberta Nonlinear Correlation Explorer.
A platform-independent genetic programming environment for non-linear curve fitting.
LINGUA: The Language Independent Neighbourhood Generator of the University of Alberta
A platform-independent application for making dictionaries from corpora and counting orthographic neighbours and N-grams.
ALFAB: The Alberta Language Function Assessment Battery
A fully-computerized English-language aphasia battery consisting of 27 subtests, released under a Creative Commons license; available for both Mac and Windows.
TalkTimer: A simple program (for Macintosh and Windows) intended to time academic talks
CorrelationPCalculator: A spreadsheet that will calculate the p value of a linear correlation.

Disclaimer - the above software are provided 'as is' without express or implied warranties. The software is provided gratuitously for academic and personal use and in good faith, but the authors shall not be liable for any damages suffered by you or any other user of the software.

Representative Publications from Lab Members.

Shaoul, C. & Westbury, C. (2010). Exploring lexical co-occurrence space using HiDEx. Behavior Research Methods, 42:2, 393-413.
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Frishkoff, G., Perfetti, C. & Westbury, (2009) C. ERP measures of partial semantic knowledge: Left temporal indices of skill differences and lexical quality.  Biological Psychology, 80, 130-147

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Westbury, C., Hollis, G. & Shaoul, C. (2007). LINGUA: The Language-Independent Neighbourhood Generator of the University of Alberta.  The Mental Lexicon, 2:2, 273-286

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Shaoul, C. & Westbury, C. (2006).
Word Frequency Effects in High-Dimensional Co-Occurrence Models: A New Approach Behavior Research Methods, 38:2, 190–195

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Hollis, G., Westbury, C.F., & Peterson, J.B. (2006). NUANCE 3.0: Using Genetic Programming to Model Variable Relationships. Behavior Research Methods, 38:2, 218-228.

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Hollis, G., Westbury, C. (2006). NUANCE: Naturalistic University of Alberta Nonlinear Correlation Explorer.  Behavior Research Methods, 38:1, 8-23.

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Westbury, C. (2005). Implicit sound symbolism in lexical access: Evidence from an interference task . Brain & Language. 93:1, 10-19

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Westbury, C., Buchanan, L., Sanderson, S., Rhemtulla, M., & Phillips, L. (2003). Using genetic programming to discover non-linear variable interactions. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers, 35:2, 202-216.

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Westbury, C. & Bub, D. (1997). Primary Progressive Aphasia: A Review Of 112 Cases. Brain & Language, 60, 381-406.

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Posters

Agreeing with Google: We are sensitive to the relative orthographic frequency of phrases.
Cyrus Shaoul, Chris Westbury & Harald Baayen
May, 2009
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Performance of HAL-like word space models on a semantic categorization task.
Cyrus Shaoul & Chris Westbury
Oct, 2008
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A new tool for measuring individual differences in semantic categorization.
Emilio Gagliardi & Chris Westbury
Oct, 2008
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ALFAB: The Alberta Language Function Assessment Battery.
Chris Westbury
Presented at the Academy of Aphasia
Oct, 2006
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An investigation into the effect of changing the parameters of the HAL model.
Cyrus Shaoul & Chris Westbury
Presented at the 5th Mental Lexicon Conference
Oct, 2006
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A Zipfian Zetetic: The psycholinguistic significance of the Zeta Function.
Geoff Hollis & Chris Westbury
Presented at the 5th Mental Lexicon Conference
Oct, 2006
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LINGUA: The Language Independent of Neighbourhood Generator of the University of Alberta.
Chris Westbury, Geoff Hollis & Cyrus Shaoul
Presented at the 5th Mental Lexicon Conference
Oct, 2006
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A picture is worth a thousand .... sounds? Modality specific interactions of imageability and phonology in psycholinguistic tasks.
Gail Moroschan & Chris Westbury
Presented at the 5th Mental Lexicon Conference
Oct, 2006
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Global Co-occurrence Density Predicts Both Lexical  and Semantic Decision RTs.
Cyrus Shaoul & Chris Westbury
March, 2006
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Influence of Orthographic Frequency of Words on the
 HAL Model of Semantic Space.
Cyrus Shaoul & Chris Westbury
March, 2005
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Meet the Neighbours: A three-way interaction between orthographic trigram probabilities and phonological neighbourhood size.
Brooke Hendricks & Chris Westbury
March, 2005
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NUANCE: A New Genetic Programming Environment for Linear and Nonlinear Equation Modeling.
Geoff Hollis & Chris Westbury
March, 2004
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Mapping Out the Relationships Between 15 Variables Involved in Lexical Access.
Geoff Hollis & Chris Westbury
March, 2004
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Using evolutionary programming to design psychometric tests.
Michael Sanderson, Mijke Rhemtulla, Leah Phillips, & Chris Westbury
March, 2004
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