How and Why Artificial Intelligence Answers Questions (CMSC 848Q)


Location CSIC 3117
Time Mon./Wed. 14:00am - 15:15pm
Homework Submission
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Jordan Boyd-Graber
IRB 4146
Office Hours (IRB 4146): By appointment

Teaching Assistant

Maharshi Gor


Date In-Class Topic Assignment Due
Mon 24. Jan Introducing the Course
Lecture: Reading: Chapter 1 of Question Answering for the Curated Web Tasks and Methods in QA over Knowledge Bases and Text Collections (Alternate link)
Wed 26. Jan QA History / Background
Mon 31. Jan Information Retrieval / tf-idf
Lecture: Readings:
Wed 2. Feb History of Computational Question Answering
  • GOFAI Approaches for QA
  • Statistical QA
  • KB QA
Fri 4. Feb Homework Due HW0
Mon 7. Feb Neural Sequence Models for Language
Lecture: Readings:
  • SNLP 9-9.3.3
Wed 9. Feb QA Datasets
Lecture: Readings:
  • SNLP 23
Fri 11. Feb Homework Due HW1
Mon 14. Feb Computational Frameworks
Wed 16. Feb Machine Reading
Mon 21. Feb Paper Presentations I
Wed 23. Feb Beyond Factoid QA: Generation, Conversational, Long-form QA
Fri 25. Feb Homework Due HW2
Mon 28. Feb Paper Presentations II
Wed 2. Mar Multidomain QA: Audio, Video
Fri 4. Mar Homework Due HW3
Mon 7. Mar Paper Presentations II
Wed 9. Mar Entailment and Fact Checking
Fri 11. Mar Project Checkpoint Intro / Proposal
Mon 14. Mar Midterm Review
Wed 16. Mar Midterm
Fri 18. Mar Project Checkpoint Experiment Plan
Mon 28. Mar Group Reformation
Wed 30. Mar Evaluation: Answer Correctness and a Turing Test Proposal
Fri 1. Apr Item Response Models: Standardized Tests, Topic Models, and IRT's Cousins Baselines
Mon 4. Apr Other QA Formats: MC, Crosswords
Wed 6. Apr Explainable, Cooperative, and Adversarial QA
Mon 11. Apr TBD
Wed 13. Apr Project Idea Workshop
Mon 18. Apr Fairness in Question Answering
Wed 20. Apr LaTeX Pitfalls
Mon 25. Apr Paper Writing
Wed 27. Apr Submitting a Paper
Fri 29. Apr Project Checkpoint Conforming Draft
Mon 2. May Figures, Tables, and Captions
Wed 4. May Paper Workshop
Fri 6. May Project Checkpoint Optional Feedback
Mon 9. May Project Reports
Mon 16. May Project Checkpoint Final Submission