Natural Language Processing


  • 18 July - 19 July 2013
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This course is designed to give you an introduction to the algorithms, techniques and software used in natural language processing (NLP). Their use will be illustrated by reference to existing applications, particularly speech understanding, information retrieval, machine translation and information extraction. The course will try to make clear both the capabilities and the limitations of these applications.

For real-world applications, NLP draws heavily on work in computational linguistics and artificial intelligence. The course textbook will provide the necessary background in linguistics and computer science for those students who need it. In this course only a portion of the textbook will be covered, however anyone going on to do further studies in NLP will find the textbook a very useful reference.

At the completion of the course, a student should be able to read the description of an NLP application and have an idea of how it is done, what the likely weaknesses are, and often which claims are probably exaggerated. The course also prepares students to do further work in NLP by giving them a good grasp of the basic concepts.

Please note this is an online course.

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