Natural Language Processing

Spring 2010
Thursday 5:00-6:50
  202 Warren Weaver Hall


Prof. Ralph Grishman
715 Broadway, Room 703
phone:  998-3497
Spring office hours:  Thursdays, 2:30-3:30 PM

Course schedule (including assignments)

Brief course description

JET Resources


Speech and Language Processing, Daniel Jurafsky and James Martin, Prentice-Hall, Second edition, 2009

Assignments and Grading

10 weekly assignments, worth a total of 40 points (3-5 points each).  A combination of written exercises and computer exercises (using parsers, modifying grammars, etc.).  Each homework is due 1 week after being assigned.  There is a 1 point penalty for each week late.  Assignments should be submitted in hard copy in class whenever possible.

A term project, worth 30 points. There are a wide range of possibilities, including both computer implementations and research papers.  Computer implementations may involve extensions to JET, adaptation of JET to additional languages, adaptation to new extraction tasks (grammar and lexicon development), or even entirely new systems.  NYU is a co-organizer of the Knowledge Base Population shared task for automatically filling in Wikipedia Infoboxes; doing part of this task will be one option for your term project. The term project is due at the last class meeting. You should plan your project well in advance, particularly for more ambitious efforts (such as adaptation to new languages).

A final examination, worth 30 points.

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Other (Older) Books of Interest

Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing by Christopher D. Manning and Hinrich Schutze, MIT Press, 1999.

Natural Language Understanding, James Allen (Benjamin / Cummings), Second Edition, 1995.

Computational Linguistics:  An Introduction, Ralph Grishman, Cambridge Univ. Press, 1986.

Proteus Project (NYU research in natural language processing)

Research Sources

Journals:  Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Engineering


Computational Linguistics and ACL and COLING Conferences are available on-line through the ACL Anthology.