COMS W4705: Natural Language Processing

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Instructor: Michael Collins
Time & Location: This semester the class will be taught in a flipped classroom format: details are here.

TAs and Office Hours:
(All Office Hours held in CEPSR 7LW1, on the 7th floor of CEPSR)

Yufei Zhao [yz2605]: 10am-11.30am on Mondays
Wael Salloum (wael@ccls.columbia.edu): 5pm-6:30pm on Tuesdays
Yinghui Huang [yh2639]: 11am-12:30pm on Wednesdays
Joshua Wang [jw3123]: 2:30pm-4pm on Thursdays
Andrew James Mercer-Taylor [ajm2209]: 5:10pm-6:40pm on Fridays

Announcements:

September 17th, 2014: The mid-term for the class will be on Tuesday 14th October, 4.10pm-5.25pm. Location: 614 Schermerhorn.


Lectures: Video lectures are on Coursera: once you have signed in to Coursera, follow this link.


Date Topics Video Lectures References Flipped Classroom Materials
Week 1 (Sept 1-5) Introduction to NLP,
Language Modeling (part 1)
Week 1 Coursera videos from Introduction (Part 1) (11:17) to Markov Processes (Part 2) (7:12) inclusive. Sections 1.1 and 1.2 of Notes on language modeling (required reading)
Questions, Solutions
Week 2 (Sept 8-12) Language Modeling (part 2) Week 1 Coursera videos from Trigram Language Models (9:40) to Summary (2:31) inclusive. Sections 1.3 and 1.4 of Notes on language modeling (required reading)
Questions, Solutions
Week 3 (Sept 15-19) Tagging, and Hidden Markov Models Week 2 Coursera videos from The tagging problem (10:01) to Summary (1:50) inclusive. Notes on tagging problems, and hidden Markov models (required reading)