Natural Language Processing

Spring 2001
Wednesday 5:00 - 6:50
Prof. Grishman
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Course Description

The Web, along with intranets and electronic publication, is making vast amounts of text available on-line. But getting the information we need out of these texts still involves a lot of searching and reading. Web search can at best find relevant documents (along with a lot of irrelevant ones); it doesn't find the facts we need.

This course will consider how methods of natural language processing can be used to bridge this gap: to extract information from text, and to answer a user's questions about text and data base information. We will consider several levels of text analysis, including syntactic analysis (grammars and parsing), semantic analysis (word and sentence meaning), and discourse analysis (pronoun resolution and text structure).

During the course you will use and extend a variety of text processing tools, in Java and possibly in Common Lisp. There will be small weekly assignments, a term project, and a final exam.

Students should have

A familiarity with the basics of propositional and predicate logic, and with elementary statistics, is also helpful but not required.

For further information, contact Prof. Grishman.