Natural Language Processing

Spring 2016
Tuesday 5:10-7:00
109 Warren Weaver Hall


Prof. Ralph Grishman
715 Broadway, Room 703
phone:  998-3497
Spring office hours: Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30 PM
(generally also available Tuesdays 11:00-1:00 and Thursdays 11:00-12:00; please send an email in advance if possible)

Teaching Assistants

Yi Liu:
Rachita Hajela:
Weicheng Ma:

Course schedule (including assignments)

Brief course description

JET Resources


Speech and Language Processing, Daniel Jurafsky and James Martin, Prentice-Hall, Second edition, 2009
A few chapters of a draft Third Edition are available online.

Assignments and Grading

9 weekly assignments, worth a total of 40 points (4-6 points each). A combination of Each homework is due by midnight 1 week after being assigned (2 weeks for programming assignments). There is a 1 point penalty for each week or part thereof that an assignment is late. Assignments will be submitted through the NYU Classes system. Programming assignments will be evaluated in part based on their performance on standard test corpora. with the best scores posted on a leader board for each assignment.

A term project, worth 30 points. There are a wide range of possibilities, including both computer implementations and research papers. The central application for the course will be information extraction, and so information extraction systems will provide natural course projects. Examples of possible term projects will be presented in mid-semester. The term project is due at midnight on Friday following the last class meeting. You should plan your project well in advance, particularly for more ambitious efforts.

A final examination, worth 30 points.

Small adjustments to the weights may be made during the semester.

Class Web site (this page)

Class Mailing List

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Other Books and Notes of Interest

Natural Language Processing with Python by Steven Bird, Ewan Klein, and Edward Loper. O'Reilly, 2009. Available online.

Information Extraction: Capabilities and Challenges by Ralph Grishman. Available online.

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 and workshops are available on-line through the ACL Anthology.