Informatics 2A: Course Schedule and Lecture Slides, Autumn 2015

Links to the lecture slides will become live at the time of the lecture in question. Should you wish to look at the material in advance of the lecture, feel free to look at last year's slides. These are not guaranteed to be identical to this year's slides, but in practice the content will be mostly the same.

WeekLecturesTutorialsPracticalsAssignmentsReadings
1Sep 22: Lecture 1: Introduction and Course Administration (JL)
Sep 24: Lecture 2: Course Roadmap (SC)
Sep 25: Lecture 3: Finite Automata (JL)
-- -- -- Kozen chapters 2,3,5,6; J&M[2nd Ed] chapters 1, 2 (sec 2.2), 16 (intro and sec 16.1); Wikipedia: Chomsky (see Note 1)
2Sep 29: Lecture 4: Constructions on Finite Automata (JL)
Oct 01: Lecture 5: Regular Expressions and Kleene's Theorem (JL)
Oct 02: Lecture 6: Applications to Pattern Matching and Lexing (JL)
-- -- -- Kozen chapter 3, 4, 11, 12, 2
3Oct 06: Lecture 7: Limitations of Regular Languages (JL)
Oct 08: Lecture 8: Context-free Languages (JL)
Oct 09: Lecture 9: Pushdown Automata (JL)
Tutorial 1 Lab 1: Introduction to Python/NLTK, Part I -- Kozen chapter 5, 9; J&M chapter 2; chapter 16.2; Vidal et al. 2005
4Oct 13: Lecture 10: LL(1) Predictive Parsing (JL)
Oct 15: Lecture 11: Automatic Generation of LL(1) Parsers (JL)
Oct 16: Lecture 12: Fixing Problems with Grammars (JL)
Tutorial 2 Lab 2: Introduction to Python/NLTK, Part II -- Earlier year's lecture notes relevant lectures 10 and 11: Note 9, Note 10, Note 12. Earlier year's tutorial sheet.
5Oct 20: Lecture 13: Types and Static Type Checking (JL)
Oct 22: !!! NO LECTURE !!!
Oct 23: Lecture 14: DFAs and Morphological Parsing (SC)
Tutorial 3   Oct 20: Assignment 1 issued Kozen chapters 26 and 27; J&M sections 3.1--3.7
6Oct 27: Lecture 15: Parts-of-speech and the Lexicon in Natural Language (SC)
Oct 29: Lecture 16: Part-of-speech Tagging (SC)
Oct 30: Lecture 17: Phrase Structure and Parsing as Search (SC)
Tutorial 4 Lab 3: Support for Assignment 1 -- J&M sections 5.1--5.5, 6.1--6.4; NLTK: Chapters 3 and 5. Penn Treebank tagging guide
7Nov 03: Lecture 18: Chart Parsing: The CYK Algorithm (SC)
Nov 05: Lecture 19: Chart Parsing: The Earley Algorithm (SC)
Nov 06: Lecture 20: Probabilistic Context-free Grammars (SC)
Tutorial 5 -- Nov 03: Assignment 1 deadline (4pm) J&M Chapters 13.4, 14 (up to 14.5), 16.3--16.4. NLTK: Chapter 8. Rosenberg, The Hardest Natural Languages
8Nov 10: Lecture 21: Parameter Estimation and Lexicalization for PCFGs (SC)
Nov 12: Lecture 22: Agreement and Types in Natural Language (SC)
Nov 13: Lecture 23: Semantics for Natural Languages (SC)
Tutorial 6 -- Nov 13: Assignment 2 issued J&M Chapters 12.9, 14.10, 17--18; NLTK: Chapter 10
9Nov 17: Lecture 24: Computing Natural Language Semantics (SC)
Nov 19: Lecture 25: Complexity and Character of Human Languages (SC)
Nov 20: Lecture 26: Models of Human Parsing (SC)
Tutorial 7 Lab 4: Support for Assignment 2, feedback on Assignment 1 -- Lecture Notes: Semantics;
10Nov 24: Lecture 27: Semantics of Programming Languages (JL)
Nov 26: Lecture 28: Context-sensitive languages (JL)
Nov 27: Lecture 29: Turing Machines and Linear Bounded Automata (JL)
Tutorial 8 Lab 5: Support for Assignment 2 -- Kozen chapter 28, 29, 31, 32; Wikipedia: CSG, Turing
11Dec 01: Lecture 30: Undecidability (JL)
Dec 03: Lecture 31: Revision Lecture
Tutorial 9 Extra labs for Assignment 2 support Dec 04: Assignment 2 deadline (4pm) Hauser et al. (2002)

Note 1.To allow for your getting the required texts during Week 1, Chapter 1 from Jurafsky and Martin (2nd Edition) is available here.


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