Foundations of Natural Language
Processing Home Page
9 April 2017
Time and Place
Lectures for this course in 2018, Semester 2, are:
- HRB Lecture Theatre, Robson Building, George Square
- Teviot Lecture Theatre (Doorway 5), Medical School Teviot
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. They take place in weeks: 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 10.
- Mondays 15.10 - 16.00, Room AT 6.06. .
- Wednesdays 11.10 - 12.00, Room AT 6.06.
Find out which lab session you should go to.
Assessment will be by:
- An end of year exam (70%)
- Date/Time: TBD
- Location: TBD
- Coursework (30%): 2 assignments (the first is for feedback only, the second is assessed).
The (feedback only) assignment 1 and (assesed) assignment 2 are both issued here.
The deadline for assignment 1 is 4pm Thursday
15th February 2018, but don't attempt it until after week 2. and
The deadline for (assessed) assignment 2 is 4pm Thursday 15th March 2018 but don't attempt it until after week 4.
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
We will be using Piazza for course-related discussion. Please register here:piazza.com/ed.ac.uk/spring2018/fnlp.
You should direct course-related questions to this forum so that other students can read, respond and benefit from the answers. The lecturer and TA cannot guarantee that they will monitor or respond in a timely fashion, however. If necessary, email them.
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