To get an account on the computational linguistics lab machines, please send me an email.
You can then log in remotely to iliad.ling.utexas.edu or odyssey.ling.utexas.edu.
This page serves as the syllabus for this course.
There is no course textbook. Readings will be from the following resources available online:
There will be four programming assignments and a project. For the project, there will be four separate parts that will be graded: a project proposal halfway through the semester, a progress report, an oral presentation on the project given during the final week of class, and a final report on the project. Evaluation will be based on the project and homeworks. There will be no exams.
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.
The goal of this course is to provide the student with the necessary tools and techniques for doing corpus-based studies and annotation projects. It will thus help prepare the student for doing original research using corpora.
Some specific goals of the course are to enable students to:
This course provides an in-depth introduction to the construction and use of corpora for linguistic analyses. It will adress the following points:
The second topic of the course is an introduction to programming in Python. We will focus on using Python for corpus processing, including the use of the Natural Language Toolkit.
If you turn in your assignment late, expect points to be deducted. Extensions will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but in most cases they will not be granted.
For other assignments, by default, 5 points (out of 100) will be deducted for lateness, plus an additional 1 point for every 24-hour period beyond 2 that the assignment is late. For example, an assignment due at 2pm on Tuesday will have 5 points deducted if it is turned in late but before 2pm on Thursday. It will have 6 points deducted if it is turned in by 2pm Friday, etc.
The greater the advance notice of a need for an extension, the greater the likelihood of leniency.
You are encouraged to discuss assignments with classmates. But all written work must be your own. Students caught cheating will automatically fail the course. If in doubt, ask the instructor.
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