Gavin Abercrombie

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Sarcasm can radically alter or invert a phrase's meaning. Sarcasm detection can therefore help improve natural language processing (NLP) tasks. The majority of prior research has modeled sarcasm detection as classification, with two important limitations: 1. Balanced datasets, when sarcasm is actually rather rare. 2. Using Twitter users' self-declarations(More)
Vesicocolic fistula due to diverticular disease of the colon is conventionally treated by resection of the diseased bowel and closure of the vesical defect. Three cases are described in which separation of the viscera and simple suture of the vesical and colonic defects was carried out. A greater omental graft was interposed between the rectum and bladder.(More)
Nineteen patients with retroperitoneal fibrosis were reviewed. Eighteen patients had idiopathic disease and one had taken methysergide for 15 years. Primary bilateral ureterolysis was undertaken in 13 cases. Five patients developed problems due to extension of their disease after surgery. Low dose steroids may be useful in the treatment of patients with(More)
Nephro-ureterectomy is the standard treatment for transitional carcinoma of the renal pelvis and caliceal system. In recent years a modification of the conventional two-incision technique has been described in which the intramural ureter is resected endoscopically and the remaining ureter is removed in continuity with the kidney through a single loin(More)
Over a 2-year period patients presenting with acute urinary retention secondary to locally advanced prostate carcinoma (stage T3/T4) were randomized to one of two treatments. Ten patients underwent channel transurethral resection of prostate (TURP) and bilateral orchidectomy, 12 patients underwent bilateral orchidectomy alone. Treatment by channel TURP and(More)
Thirty-seven patients treated by partial nephrectomy for calculus disease between 1971 and 1986 were reviewed retrospectively. Of the 25 patients available for analysis, 20% developed immediate surgical complications, 20% had residual post-operative stone and 33% developed true ipsilateral stone recurrence during the period of follow-up. Our results from(More)