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Alan Ritter is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. His interests include NLP in short informal messages (e.g. Twitter), modeling lexical semantics with latent variables, modeling conversations in social media and paraphrasing between different styles of language (for example translating Shakespeare's plays, noisy Twitter text or technical writing into standard English and vice versa). He was awarded an NDSEG fellowship, and won the best student paper award at IUI in 2009.