Graduate standing, introduction to computational linguistics
This page serves as the syllabus for this course.
There is no course textbook. Readings will be made available through the Schedule page.
There will be four homework assignments and a project.
Course Project (60%)
Assignments: 40% (10% each)
Assignments will be updated on the assignments page. A tentative schedule for the entire semester is posted on the schedule page. Readings and exercises may change up one week in advance of their due dates. Attendance is not factored into the grade, but will be very helpful in achieving the course goals.
Semantics is currently a very active area of computational linguistics -- but also a very diverse one. People work on word sense, semantic roles, selectional preferences, logic-based semantics and shallower approximations of it, as well as on many semantics-related tasks and task-specific semantic representations. But there are problems that come up again and again in different tasks, and representation ideas that come up again and again in different variants. In this course, we focus on two influential classes of representations: logic-based semantics and distributional semantics, and on central phenomena that they address.
Topics of this course include:
We will also discuss possibilities for integrating the two approaches.
Detailed course content is given on the Schedule page.
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