Informatics 2A: Processing Formal and Natural Languages (2013-14)
- Revision office hours:
- Alex Simpson (IF 5.25): 11.30-12.30 Mon 2 and Thu 5 Dec.
- John Longley (IF 5.12): 10.30-11.30 Tue 3, Wed 4 and Thu 5; and 11.30-12.30 Fri 6 Dec.
- 22 November 2013: Two additional lab sessions have been scheduled to tie in with the revised Assignment 2 deadline:
These are drop-in labs that can be attended irrespective of which lab group you are listed as belonging to.
- Tuesday 26 Nov 11:00-12:00 (AT 5.04);
- Wednesday 27 Nov 13:00-14:00 (AT 5.04).
- 18 November 2013: The venue has changed for the lab session at 13:10-14:00 on Wednesday 20 November. It will now be in Appleton Tower Room 5.04.
- 14 November 2013: The Assignment 2 deadline has now been moved to 4pm on Thursday 28 November.
- 11 November 2013: Assignment 2 is now available from the Assignments webpage.
- 14 October 2013: Assignment 1 is now available from the Assignments webpage.
As part of this course, you will learn how to program in Python
, and how to use NLTK
, the Natural Language Toolkit.
The Lab Materials
page has worksheets to
help you get to grips with these.
Another relevant piece of software is JFLAP
, the interactive formal
languages and automata package.
The Inf2A exam will take place in December.
The date, time and venue are set by Registry; they will appear here once
they have been publicized.
It will be a closed book exam; the use of calculators will be permitted.
The course will provide students with both summative
on their performance (i.e. feedback on assessed coursework that
contributes to the final course mark) and formative
(i.e. feedback on aspects of the course not contributing to the final mark).
Summative feedback will include:
- Printed feedback on each assignment, including automatic tests run
on the student's submission, the results of such tests, and additional
comments by a human marker where appropriate. This will be made available
to students within two weeks of the assignment submission deadline.
- Oral feedback on Assignment 1 submissions, given at the lab sessions
in Weeks 9 and 10.
Formative feedback will include:
- Oral feedback given by tutors in tutorials on students' solutions to
tutorial problems (this will help students to prepare for similar
questions in the course exam).
- Oral feedback given by demonstrators in lab sessions on students'
solutions to the exercises on the Python/NLTK worksheets (this will
help students to develop the skills required for Assignment 2).
- Oral feedback given during lectures on students' responses to
If you wish to make a comment to the lecturers anonymously,
you may do so through one of the class reps for Year 2 courses.
Their names and contact details are given on the
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