Sam Davidson

Sam Davidson Portrait

Position Title
Graduate Student Researcher

Kerr 260


Sam is a Ph.D. student in the Linguistics Department at UC Davis focusing on computational language modeling and natural language processing. Currently, he is working with Dr. Kenji Sagae on projects involving grammatical error correction of learner text and computational modeling of bilingualism and language acquisition. Sam is also working with Dr. Zhou Yu on using automated dialog systems to provide corrective feedback to language learners.

Research Focus

  • Language acquisition
  • Automated corrective feedback
  • Computational language modeling
  • Heritage language learning


"Developing NLP Tools with a New Corpus of Learner Spanish." Sam Davidson, Aaron Yamada, Paloma Fernández-Mira, Agustina Carando, Claudia H. Snchez Gutiérrez, and Kenji Sagae. In Proceedings of the 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC), 2020.

"Dependency Parsing for Spoken Dialog Systems." Sam Davidson, Dian Yu, and Zhou Yu. In Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing and the 9th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (EMNLP-IJCNLP) (pp. 1513-1519). (November, 2019 - Hong Kong).

"Developing a New Classifier for Automated Identification of Incivility in Social Media." Sam Davidson, Quisi Sun, and Magdalena Wojcieszak. In In Proceedings of the fourth workshop on online abuse and harms (November, 2020).

"Tracking the Evolution of Written Language Competence in L2 Spanish Learners." Alessio Miaschi, Sam Davidson, Dominique Brunato, Felice Dell’Orletta, Kenji Sagae, H. Snchez Gutiérrez, and Giulia Venturi. In Proceedings of the Fifteenth Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications (July, 2020).

"COWS-L2H: A corpus of Spanish learner writing." Aaron Yamada, Sam Davidson, Paloma Fernández-Mira, Agustina Carando, Kenji Sagae, and Claudia H. Sánchez Gutiérrez. Research in Corpus Linguistics, 8(1) (2020).