Portrait of Michael Gamon

Michael Gamon



Short Bio:

1990-91: Fulbright scholar at the University of Washington
1992: MA in linguistics, University of Washington
1996: PhD in linguistics, University of Washington
1996: internship in the NLP group
1996: joined MS as German grammarian in the NLP group, writing the German grammar for NLPWin, still used in the German grammar checker in Office
1997-1998: working from the German MS sub in Unterschleissheim
1998 – 2014: member of the NLP group
Since Feb 2014: member of the Knowledge Technologies Group (formerly Knowledge and Language Team) in MSR-Technology

Research Interests:

  • Intent detection in email
  • Knowledge extraction from enterprise content
  • Knowledge representation
  • Automatic detection of language errors
  • Sentiment and subjectivity detection
  • Analysis of social media (see our BLEWS project)
  • Modeling of linguistic properties (e.g. word order, language errors)
  • Text classification based on stylistic properties
  • Text representations beyond ngrams


Discussion Graph Tool

Established: April 25, 2014

Discussion Graph Tool (DGT) is an easy-to-use analysis tool that provides a domain-specific language extracting co-occurrence relationships from social media and automates the tasks of tracking the context of relationships and other best practices. DGT provides a single-machine implementation, and also generates map-reduce-like programs for distributed, scalable analyses. DGT simplifies social media analysis by making it easy to extract high-level features and co-occurrence relationships from raw data. With just 3-4 simple lines of script, you…

Online and Social Media Data as a Flawed Continuous Panel Survey

Established: April 9, 2014

If search and Twitter data are to be treated as a survey, they would follow a very peculiar methodology: participation is a time-varying, demographically biased sample of the population, participants are effectively continuously answering different “survey” questions, and, finally, participants can choose how often they are allowed to answer the question. In response, we show alternative methods for interpreting and using online and social media data fruitfully. There is a large body of research on…

Microsoft Research ESL Assistant

Established: May 9, 2008

The Microsoft Research ESL Assistant is a web service that provides correction suggestions for typical ESL (English as a Second Language) errors. Such errors include, for example, the choice of determiners (the/a) and the choice of prepositions. The web service also provides word choice suggestions from a thesaurus. In order to help the user make decisions on whether to accept a suggestion, the service displays "before and after" web search results so that the user…

BLEWS – What The Blogosphere Tells You About News

Established: February 18, 2008

While typical news-aggregation sites do a good job of clustering news stories according to topic, they leave the reader without information about which stories figure prominently in political discourse. BLEWS uses political blogs to categorize news stories according to their reception in the conservative and liberal blogospheres. It visualizes information about which stories are linked to from conservative and liberal blogs, and it indicates the level of emotional charge in the discussion of the news…



Activity Modeling in Email
Asheq Qadir, Michael Gamon, Patrick Pantel, Ahmed Hassan Awadallah, in The 15th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL-HLT 2016), ACL – Association for Computational Linguistics, June 1, 2016, View abstract, Download PDF


The Activity Platform
Helen Wang, Alexander Moshchuk, Michael Gamon, Mona Haraty, Shamsi Iqbal, Eli T. Brown, Ashish Kapoor, Chris Meek, Eric Chen, Yuan Tian, Jaime Teevan, Mary Czerwinski, Susan Dumais, in USENIX 15th Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems (HotOS XV), May 8, 2015, View abstract, Download PDF


Contextual Insights
Ariel Fuxman, Patrick Pantel, Yuanhua Lv, Ashok Chandra, Pradeep Chilakamarri, Michael Gamon, David Hamilton, Bernhard Kohlmeier, Dhyanesh Narayanan, Evangelos Papalexakis, Bo Zhao, in 23rd International World Wide Web Conference, WWW '14, Seoul, Republic of Korea, April 7-11, 2014, Companion Volume, January 1, 2014, View abstract, View external link
















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UW/MS symposium


June 6, 2008


Danyel Fisher, Douglas Downey, Chris Quirk, Scott Drellishak, Kelly O'Hara, Emily M. Bender, Sumit Basu, Matthew Hurst, Arnd Christian König, Michael Gamon, Chris Brockett, Dmitriy Belenko, Bill Dolan, Jianfeng Gao, and Lucy Vanderwende