A Psychologically Informed Approach to CLPsych Shared Task 2018

Almog Simchon, Michael Gilead

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This paper describes our approach to the CLPsych 2018 Shared Task, in which we attempted to predict cross-sectional psychological health at age 11 and future psychological distress based on childhood essays. We attempted several modeling approaches and observed best cross-validated prediction accuracy with relatively simple models based on psychological theory. The models provided reasonable predictions in most outcomes. Notably, our model was especially successful in predicting out-of-sample psychological distress (across people and across time) at age 50.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Fifth Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology: From Keyboard to Clinic
Place of PublicationNew Orleans, LA
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2018


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