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)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether a relation between urinary retention and temporal rhythms exists. DESIGN Retrospective analysis of patients presenting over three years. SETTING Urology departments in two hospitals. PATIENTS 815 Patients presenting as emergency admissions with urinary retention and requiring immediate decompression of the 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)
It has been suggested that guanethidine can release and then deplete postganglionic sympathetic nerve endings of noradrenaline. However, no release of noradrenaline from postganglionic nerve endings or from the adrenal medulla by guanethidine was found by direct experiment. Although release of noradrenaline from postganglionic sympathetic nerve endings in(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)
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)