Computers process massive amounts of information every day in the form of human language. Although they do not understand it, they can learn how to do things like answer questions about it, or translate it into other languages. This course is a systematic introduction to the ideas that form the foundation of current language technologies and research into future language technologies.
The official prerequisite is CSE 20312. Students should be experienced with writing substantial programs in Python. The course also makes use of finite automata, context-free grammars, basic linear algebra, multivariable differential calculus, and probability theory. Ideally, students should have taken CSE 30151, Math 10560, and ACMS 30440, but please contact the instructor if you have questions about the necessary background.
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Unless otherwise indicated, assignments are due at 5pm Eastern time.
|08/23||Introduction|| Chapter 1
Project idea (due 09/01)
|08/28||Language models (n-grams)||Chapter 2|
|09/04||Language models (RNNs)||HW1: Text prediction (due 09/15)|
|09/11||Machine translation (IBM models)||Chapter 3|
|09/18||Machine translation (attention and transformers)||HW2: Machine translation (due 10/06)|
|09/25||Language models (transformers)|
|10/02||Speech and writing|| Chapter 4
Project baseline (due 10/13)
|10/09||Words: parts-of-speech and morphology||Chapter 5|
|10/23||Syntax and parsing|| HW3: Parsing (due 11/08)
|11/06||Semantics|| Chapter 7
HW4: Named entity recognition (due 11/20)
|11/20||M: Projects||HW5: Generation (due 12/01)|
|11/27|| MW: Generation, continued
|12/04||Conclusion||Project report (due TBD)|
Your work in this course consists of five homework assignments and a research project.
|homeworks||5 × 30|
|project||3 × 30 + 60|
Students in this course are expected to abide by the Academic Code of Honor Pledge: “As a member of the Notre Dame community, I will not participate in or tolerate academic dishonesty.”
The following table summarizes how you may work with other students and use print/online sources:
If an instructor sees behavior that is, in his judgement, academically dishonest, he is required to file either an Honor Code Violation Report or a formal report to the College of Engineering Honesty Committee.
Any student who has a documented disability and is registered with Disability Services should speak with the professor as soon as possible regarding accommodations. Students who are not registered should contact the Office of Disability Services.
For university-excused absences (e.g., documented illness, travel for athletics or a job interview), coursework submissions will be accepted late by the same number of days as the excused absence. Otherwise, you may submit part of an assignment on time for full credit and part of the assignment late for a penalty. No part of the assigment may be submitted more than once. The late penalty increases by 5% per day and stops increasing when it reaches 50%; thereafter, it remains at 50% until the final project due date, after which no work may be submitted.
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