Foundations of Natural Language
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9 April 2017
Time and Place
Lectures for this course in 2017, Semester 2, are:
- F.21, 7 George Square
- Lecture Theatre 1, 7
There may be video recording of lectures.
- Week by Week breakdown of lectures, readings, exercises for lab sessions and the assignments
- Revision: you are expected to already be familiar with the material in these maths tutorials but they are available for revision if you need it.
The set textbook for this course is:
Jurafsky, D and J. H. Martin, Speech and Language Processing. The
Second Edition (2009) is published as a paperback: There are copies available in
the Main Library, shelf mark P98 Jur., for both standard and short
Many (but not all) chapters from the Third
Edition are available in draft form online.
In addition, the lab sessions use a lot of the NLTK material and software
packages, all of which are explained in the following
S., E. Klein and E. Loper, Natural Language Processing with
Python, (2009) O'Reilly Media.
An online version of this book is at www.nltk.org/book_1ed.
There is also a draft version of the book for Python 3 at http://www.nltk.org/book/.
The authors welcome feedback via the GitHub issue tracker
- Lab Sessions:
You will be allocated to one of the following lab sessions:
You can find out here the content of each lab session, and when they take place.
- Mondays 15.10 - 16.00, Rooms 1.B31 and 1.B32 Forrest Hill. .
- Wednesdays 11.10 - 12.00, Room 1.B31 and 1.B32 Forrest Hill.
Find out which lab session you should go to.
Assessment will be by:
- An end of year exam (70%)
- Date/Time: Thursday 18 May 2017 1430–1630
- Location: St. Leonard's Land Dance Studio (Gym 4)
"Please enter via Viewcraig Gardens"
- Coursework (30%): 2 assignments (one assessed, the other for
The first (assessed) coursework will be issued here by 23th January 2017.
The deadline for assignment 1 is 4pm Thursday
16th February 2017 and
The deadline for assignment 2 is 4pm Thursday 16th March 2017.
We will endeavour to return feedback to students no later than 3 weeks after the deadlines. For more information, see Informatics coursework guidelines.
- Past Exam Papers: can be reached from the main
past examination papers page.
- There is one additional past paper, May 2009, available for
- Note: The rubric for this year's
exam is changed slightly from previous years. It
now reads as follows:
Part A is COMPULSORY.
The short answer questions in Part A are each worth 3 marks, 24 marks
in total. Each of the three questions in part B is worth 13 marks ---
answer any TWO of these.
on Late Assignments
Good scholarly practice and plagiarism
- Discussion Forum
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