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UT Dallas Syllabus for cs6320.001.11f taught by Sanda Harabagiu (sanda)

UT Dallas Syllabus for cs6320.001.11f taught by Sanda Harabagiu (sanda)

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CS 6320 Natural Language Processing
Sanda Harabagiu
Fall 2011
MW 1:00-2:15 PM ECSS 2.201
Professor’s Contact Information
Office Phone
(972) 883-4654
Office Location
ECSS 3.411
Email Address
Office Hours
MW 3:00-4:00 PM
Other Information
Class Web Page:www.hlt.utdallas.edu/~sanda/courses/NLP/cs6320.html
General Course Information
Pre-requisites,Co-requisites,& otherrestrictions
CS 5343 Algorithm Analysis & Data Structures
The graduate Computer Science class CS 6320 on Natural LanguageProcessing addresses key information about the linguistic foundations andalgorithmic practices that enable syntactic parsing, semantic interpretationand even machine translation of texts.Natural Language Processing (NLP) is the oldest discipline in ArtificialIntelligence, focusing on the study of how language is used and allows peopleto communicate and share interpretations of written texts, verbal dialoguesand express cultural inference.More information available at:www.hlt.utdallas.edu/~sanda/courses/class_description/html_nlp/cs6320.html
CS 6320 focuses on the basic NLP techniques, including syntactic parsing,semantic interpretation, lexical and morphological analysis, pragmaticprocessing as well as machine translation. The fundamental algorithms foreach of these areas of natural language processing are studied. The coursealso shows how these techniques can be applied to real world problems:spelling checking, Web-page processing, conversational agents. Students willlearn how to evaluate in a scientific way the language techniques they learnand will become familiar with widely available language processing resources.
RequiredTexts & Materials
Speech and Language Processing:Speech and Language Processing – An Introduction to Natural LanguageProcessing, Computational Linguistics and Speech RecognitionSecond Edition
by Daniel Jurafsky and James H. MartinPearson/Prentice-Hall, Inc. 2008ISBN-13: 978-0-13-605234-0ISBN-10: 0-13-605234-7
 As provided in class/class web page.
Readings,& Materials
 Assignments & Academic Calendar
 August 24 2011
Introduction to Natural Language Processing
 August 29 2011
Natural Language Processing Resources
 August 31 2011
Words and English Grammar
September 5 2011
Labor Day – Holiday 
September 7 2011
Regular Expression and Morphology
Homework 1 issued
September 12 2011
Finite State Transducers for Language
September 14 2011
September 19 2011
SYNTAX : Part-of-speech Tagging Project Selection
September 21 2011
Context Free Grammar for English Homework 1 due
September 26 2011
Parsing with Context Free Grammars (1) Homework 2 issued
September 28 2011
Parsing with Context Free Grammars (2)
October 3 2011
Features and Unifications
October 5 2011
Lexicalized and Probabilistic Parsing
October 10 2011
State-of-the-art Parsing
October 12 2011
Mid-erm Preparation Homework 2 due
October 17 2011
October 24 2011
SEMANTICS: Representing Meaning Homework 3 issued
October 26 2011
Semantic Analysis
October 31 2011
November 2 2011
Word Sense Disambiguation
November 7 2011
Semantic Parsing
November 9 2011
 Application of Semantic Parsing
November 14 2011
PRAGMATICS: Metonymy and Metaphor Homework 3 due
November 16 2011
Metonymy Resolution Homework 4 issued
November 21 2011
Machine Translation
November 23 2011
Statistical Machine Translation
November 28 2011
Question Answering
November 30 2011
Multi-Lingual Question Answering Homework 4 due
December 5 2011
Project Presentations Project Due
December 5 2011
Course Policies
Grading(credit)CriteriaHomework 20%Project 30%Mid-Term Exam (20%)Final Exam (30%)Make-upExamsThere will be no make-up exams unless previously requested andapproved by the instructorExtra Credit There will be two extra-credit assignmentsLate Work If the homework is turned in after the deadline, the grade for thehomework shall be reduced by 20% for the fist 24 hours, 50% forthe next 24 hours and shall not be accepted after 48 hours.Special AssignmentsStudents may request special assignment for extra-creditClass AttendanceHighly recommended.Classroom Class participation is given extra credit.
CitizenshipField TripPoliciesThere are no field trips.StudentConduct andDiscipline
The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Dallas haverules and regulations for the orderly and efficient conduct of their business.It is the responsibility of each student and each student organization to beknowledgeable about the rules and regulations which govern student conductand activities. General information on student conduct and discipline iscontained in the UTD publication,
 A to Z Guide 
, which is provided to allregistered students each academic year.The University of Texas at Dallas administers student discipline within theprocedures of recognized and established due process. Procedures aredefined and described in the
Rules and Regulations, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, Part 1, Chapter VI, Section 3 
, and in Title V,Rules on Student Services and Activities of the university’s
Handbook of Operating Procedures 
. Copies of these rules and regulations are available tostudents in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members areavailable to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations (SU1.602, 972/883-6391). A student at the university neither loses the rights nor escapes theresponsibilities of citizenship. He or she is expected to obey federal, state,and local laws as well as the Regents’ Rules, university regulations, andadministrative rules. Students are subject to discipline for violating thestandards of conduct whether such conduct takes place on or off campus, orwhether civil or criminal penalties are also imposed for such conduct.
The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility and academichonesty. Because the value of an academic degree depends upon the absoluteintegrity of the work done by the student for that degree, it is imperative that a studentdemonstrate a high standard of individual honor in his or her scholastic work.Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts or omissionsrelated to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or the submissionas one’s own work or material that is not one’s own. As a general rule, scholasticdishonesty involves one of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion and/orfalsifying academic records. Students suspected of academic dishonesty are subjectto disciplinary proceedings.Plagiarism, especially from the web, from portions of papers for other classes, andfrom any other source is unacceptable and will be dealt with under the university’spolicy on plagiarism (see general catalog for details). This course will use theresources of turnitin.com, which searches the web for possible plagiarism and is over90% effective.
Email Use
The University of Texas at Dallas recognizes the value and efficiency of communication between faculty/staff and students through electronic mail. At thesame time, email raises some issues concerning security and the identity of eachindividual in an email exchange. The university encourages all official student emailcorrespondence be sent only to a student’s U.T. Dallas email address and that facultyand staff consider email from students official only if it originates from a UTDstudent account. This allows the university to maintain a high degree of confidence in

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