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UT Dallas Syllabus for cs6320.501.08f taught by Yang Liu (yxl053200)

UT Dallas Syllabus for cs6320.501.08f taught by Yang Liu (yxl053200)

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Course Syllabus
Course Information
CS 6320 Natural Language Processing, 2008 Fall.
Professor Contact Information
Yang Liu, 972-883-6618,yan g . liu@u td allas.ed u, ECSS 3.402
Office hour: Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm
Course Pre-requisites, Co-requisites, and/or Other Restrictions

CS5343 Algorithm Analysis and Data Structures
This course also requires probability and statistics.
CS6364 (Artificial Intelligence), CS6375 (Machine Learning) are recommended but not required.

Course Description

Natural Language Processing (NLP) is the oldest discipline in Artificial Intelligence, focusing on the study of how language is used and allows people to communicate and share interpretations of written texts and verbal dialogues. This course addresses key information about the linguistic foundations and algorithmic practices that enable syntactic parsing, semantic interpretation and even machine translation of texts. Topics include: n-gram language model, part-of-speech tagging, syntactic parsing, hidden Markov model, maximum entropy model, word sense disambiguation, and various language applications such as: text categorization, information extraction, machine translation, speech recognition, and information retrieval.

More information available at:
www.hlt.utdallas.edu/~yangl /CS6320
Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes
By taking this course, the students are expected to understand the basic algorithms, and be able to
apply these techniques to various speech applications.

CS 6320 focuses on the basic NLP techniques, including syntactic parsing, semantic interpretation, lexical and morphological analysis, as well as pragmatic processing. The fundamental algorithms for each of these areas of natural language processing are studied. The course also shows how these techniques can be applied to real world problems: spelling checking, Web-page processing, conversational agents. By taking this course, students will understand the basic algorithms, become familiar with widely available language processing resources, and be able to apply language techniques to various applications and read research papers in this field.

Required Textbooks and Materials
Course Syllabus
Page 1
Speech and Language Processing: An Introduction to Natural Language Processing,
Computational Linguistics, and Speech Recognition, by D. Jurafsky and J. Martin, Prentice Hall
Suggested Course Materials
Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing, by C. Manning and H. Schutze, MIT
and some papers available from the course webpage
Assignments & Academic Calendar (subject to changes)
First class
August 25
October 15 (tentative)
Final exam
December 12 (2pm)
Final project report due
December 17 (5pm)
Course schedule can be found from:h ttp ://www.h lt.u td allas.edu /~yan g l/CS63 20 /
J&M Chapter 1
J&M Chapter 2, 12
M&S Chapter 3
J&M Chapter 4
POS tagging
J&M Chapter 5,6
Word class
J&M Chapter 5
M&S Chapter 14
J&M Chapter 12,13,14
Text categorization
J&M Chapter 6
M&S Chapter 16
Information extraction 4
J&M Chapter 22
J&M Chapter 21
J&M Chapter 20
Machine translation
J&M Chapter 25
Speech processing
Information retrieval
J&M Chapter 8,9
M&S Chapter 15
Course Syllabus
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Grading Policy
Homework (35% of the course grade): There will be 4 homework assignments, consisting of
written problems and programming/project assignments.

Final project (25% of the course grade): The students are asked to do a final project in the general language processing area, write a paper/report (e.g., 4-page conference paper style), and present in the class if schedule allows. The grade will be based on the oral presentation, written report, and the project.

Mid-term exam (20% of the course grade): There will be an in-class midterm exam
Final exam (20% of the course grade): According to UTD\u2019s exam schedule.
Course & Instructor Policies

All the homework assignments must be turned in on the date specified (until midnight). Assignments turned in one day late (within 24 hours of the due day) will be penalized in grade (worth 75% of the grade). Submission more than one day later will not be accepted. Please ask beforehand for the possibility of an extension of homework!

Extra credits are given to students who correctly answer the extra problems in homework
assignments or actively participate in class.
Please ask in advance for the possibility of make-up exams if you can\u2019t take an exam (midterm or
final) as originally scheduled.

Discussion with other students about homework/project assignments is encouraged, but each individual must develop details by themselves and turn in their homework. For programming assignments, students need to turn in their own code.

Field Trip Policies
Off-campus Instruction and Course Activities

Off-campus, out-of-state, and foreign instruction and activities are subject to state law and University policies and procedures regarding travel and risk-related activities. Information regarding these rules and regulations may be found at the website address

http://www.utdallas.edu/BusinessAffairs/Travel_Risk_Activities.htm. Additional information is
available from the office of the school dean. Below is a description of any travel and/or risk-
related activity associated with this course.
Student Conduct & Discipline

The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Dallas have rules and regulations
for the orderly and efficient conduct of their business. It is the responsibility of each student and
each student organization to be knowledgeable about the rules and regulations which govern
student conduct and activities. General information on student conduct and discipline is contained

Course Syllabus
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