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Natural Language Processing Fall 2017

Imagine a world where you can pick up a phone and talk in English, while at the other end of the line your words are spoken in Chinese. Imagine a computer animated representation of yourself speaking fluently what you have written in an email. Imagine automatically uncovering protein/drug interactions in petabytes of medical abstracts. Imagine feeding a computer an ancient script that no living person can read, then listening as the computer reads aloud in this dead language. Imagine a computer that can do better than humans at answering questions.

Natural Language Processing is the automatic analysis of human languages such as English, Korean, and thousands of others analyzed by computer algorithms. Unlike artificially created programming languages where the structure and meaning of programs is easy to encode, human languages provide an interesting challenge, both in terms of its analysis and the learning of language from observations.

Anoop Sarkar
Office Hours: Wednesday 9:30am-10:30am TASC1 9427
Teaching Assistants
Anahita Mansour amansour
Xiangbo Mao xiangbom
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Office Hours: Fridays 9:30am-11:30am TASC1 9408
Discussion Board
on Coursys
Time and place
Fridays 1:30-4:20, Shrum Science Centre B-9201
No required textbook. Online readings provided in Syllabus.
Submit homework source code and check your grades on Coursys
  • Programming setup homework: HW0 due on Sep 22 (2%)
  • Four programming homeworks. Due dates: HW1 on Oct 6, HW2 on Oct 20, HW3 on Nov 10, HW4 on Nov 24 (12% each)
  • In class midterm: Nov 3 at 1:30pm (90mins; 20%)
  • Final project: Due on Dec 8. (30%)