Course Info for CMSC723/LING723, Fall 2007

Course Info for CMSC723/LING723, Fall 2007
Computational Linguistics I

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What's the course about?

This is the first semester in our two-semester graduate sequence in computational linguistics. In the first semester, we will be disussing fundamental methods in natural language processing, with a focus on core representations and algorithms. Topics include: finite-state methods, context-free and extended context-free models of syntax; parsing and semantic interpretation; n-gram and Hidden Markov models, part-of-speech tagging; natural language applications such as machine translation, automatic summarization, and question answering. Students completing this course will have a solid working knowledge of the basics of NLP and will be well prepared for the second semester course, which covers natural language processing with a focus on corpus-based statistical techniques.

Students taking this course should be competent programmers, since concepts taught in class will sometimes be reinforced in practice by hands-on programming assignments. We are not assuming a great deal of familiarity with linguistics; students needing to get up to speed on linguistics concepts will do fine with Jurafsky and Martin's material on word classes and context-free grammars for English (in new Chapters 5 and 12).

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, and feel free to suggest the course to anyone who might be interested.

See the schedule of topics for class-by-class plans.

How will the course be graded?:

Students will be evaluated on their ability to master the content of the material in the course and to think critically about ideas presented to them.

Policy for Incomplete Work

Course Accounts

Class work will take place on Linux servers. User accounts and passwords will be distributed in class. Use the following to connect to the machine:

Then you will be prompted for the password.

Bonnie Dorr, Professor
Department of Computer Science and Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
A.V. Williams Building, 3153
University of Maryland     
College Park, MD 20742 USA	 
Phone: (301) 405-6768
E-mail: bonnie AT umiacs _DOT.GOES.HERE_ umd _DOT.GOES.HERE_ edu