This is the schedule of topics for Computational Linguistics I, Fall 2005.
Readings are from Dan Jurafsky and James Martin, "Speech and Language Processing: An Introduction to Natural Language Processing, Speech Recognition, and Computational Linguistics", Prentice-Hall (2000), unless otherwise specified. The "other" column has optional links pointing either to material you should already know (but might want to review) or to related material you might be interested in.
THIS SCHEDULE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS!
In addition, some topic areas may take longer than expected, so keep
an eye on the class mailing list or e-mail me for "official"
dates.
Class | Topic | Readings* | Assignments | Other |
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Aug 31 | Administrivia, semester plan; overview of NLP | Ch 1 | Assignment 1 (due Monday 12 September at 4pm) | PSR |
Sep 7 | FSAs and regular expressions | Ch 2 | Assignment 2 (due Wednesday 21 Sep at 4pm) | DWC |
Sep 14 | N-gram language models | Ch 6.1, 6.2, 6.7 | DWC | |
Sep 21 | Hidden Markov Models (HMMs) | NEW revision of Chapter 4; see also the Wikipedia entry on dynamic programming | PSR | |
Sep 28 | Guest lecture: finite-state morphology | Ch 3 | Lecture Notes | Prof. Amy Weinberg |
Oct 5 | Expectation-Maximization and HMM training | NEW revision of Chapter 4. Optional reading: Adam Berger, Convexity, Maximum Likelihood, and All That (sections 1 and 2), notes to accompany Berger, and simple perl example of the linear interpolation EM update. | Assignment 3 (due Wednesday 26 Oct at 4pm) | PSR |
Oct 12 | HMMs and part-of-speech tagging | NEW revision of Chapter 4. | PSR | |
Oct 19 | Midterm | DWC/PSR | ||
Oct 26 | Context-free grammars (CFG) and linguistic phenomena | Ch 9 | PSR | |
Nov 2 | Context-free parsing | Ch 10.1-10.3; see also Wikipedia: CYK algorithm | Assignment 4 (due Friday Nov 11 5pm) | PSR |
Nov 9 | Context-free parsing | Ch 10.4 and Shieber et al. (1995) sections 1-3 and 5 up to p. 28 | DWC | |
Nov 16 | Beyond context-free parsing | Ch 12.1 and An Introduction to Synchronous CFG | Assignment 5 (due Monday Nov 28 4pm, AVW 3161) | DWC |
Nov 23 | No class: Happy Thanksgiving! | Eat! | ||
Nov 30 | Semantics | Ch 14, 15 | DWC | |
Dec 7 | Applications: machine translation | Ch 21 and (Knight, 1997) | Assignment 6 (due Wed Dec 14 4pm, CSIC 3120) | DWC |
Dec 13 | Possible catch-up class | DWC/PSR | ||
Wednesdasy, December 21 | Final exam |
Weds Dec 21, 1:30-3:30, CSIC 3120. Note that this is not the same as the usual class time. Please see here for additional info. |