Course Info for Ling 848/CMSC 828R, Fall 2004

Course Info for Ling 848/CMSC 828R, Fall 2004
Seminar in Computational Linguistics

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What's the Plan?

See the schedule of topics.

What's the course about?

This is an advanced seminar in computational linguistics / natural language processing. We will focus on topics that are fast becoming essential in order to follow the most up to date work in NLP, which means a strong emphasis on statistical NLP models and methods. The syllabus is not yet finalized, but I expect it to include, among other topics, expectation/maximization (EM) algorithms, Bayesian modeling, maximum entropy models, weighted finite-state transducers, etc., with possible excursions into emerging areas such as semantic role labeling and using the Web as a source of evidence.

Although the majority of time will be spent reading and discussing relevant papers, I am also hoping to pull together a suite of software that we can use to get some hands-on experience, e.g. language modeling toolkits, the AT&T FST tools, etc.

The prerequisite is Ling645/CMSC723 or equivalent. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, and feel free to suggest the course to anyone who might be interested.

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.

What's the Plan?

The schedule of topics.

Philip Resnik, Associate Professor
Department of Linguistics and Institute for Advanced Computer Studies

Department of Linguistics
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