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Statistical Methods in Natural Language Processing I - NPFL067
Title in English: Statistické metody zpracování přirozených jazyků I
Guaranteed by: Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics (32-UFAL)
Faculty: Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Actual: from 2017 to 2018
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 6
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/2 C+Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: unlimited
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech, English
Teaching methods: full-time
Additional information:
Guarantor: prof. RNDr. Jan Hajič, Dr.
doc. RNDr. Pavel Pecina, Ph.D.
Class: DS, matematická lingvistika
Informatika Mgr. - Matematická lingvistika
Classification: Informatics > Computer and Formal Linguistics
Is co-requisite for: NPFL068
Annotation -
Last update: T_UFAL (20.05.2004)
Introduction to formal linguistics and the fundamentals of statistical natural language processing, including basics of Infromation Theory, Language MOdeling and Markov Models. Continues as Statistical Methods in Natural Language Processing II.
Course completion requirements -
Last update: doc. RNDr. Pavel Pecina, Ph.D. (10.06.2019)

Turning in homework (50%), written exam (50%). "Zápočet" is not a prerequisite for taking the exam. To get "zápočet", homework grade must be at least 40 points (out of 100). Homework can be turned in max. three times, at the latest on the date announced on the course webpage. Every late day subtracts 5 points. Turning in the homework later than 10 days after the deadline, carries a constant penalty of 50 points.

Literature - Czech
Last update: prof. RNDr. Jan Hajič, Dr. (02.10.2017)

Manning, C. D. and H. Schütze: Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing. The MIT Press. 1999. ISBN 0-262-13360-1.

Jurafsky, D. and J. Martin: Speech and Language Processing. Prentice Hall. Any edition (1st: 2000).

Cover, T. M. and J. A. Thomas: Elements of Information Theory. Wiley. 1991. ISBN 0-471-06259-6.

Requirements to the exam -
Last update: prof. RNDr. Jan Hajič, Dr. (06.10.2017)

There is one written exam, with 4-5 questions with sub-questions. The extent of the exam corresponds to the syllabus and to the material presented in the lectures and exercises. The net time allowed for finishing the exam is 60 minutes, and it is a closed books type exam. Calculators are allowed. The scale of the exam is 0 to 100 points. The weight of the points for the final grade is 50%.

Syllabus -
Last update: prof. RNDr. Jan Hajič, Dr. (02.10.2017)

Introduction. Course Overview: Intro to NLP. Main Issues.

The Very Basics on Probability Theory. Elements of Information Theory I. Elements of Information Theory II.

Language Modeling in General and the Noisy Channel Model. Smoothing and the EM algorithm.

Linguistics: Phonology and Morphology. Syntax (Phrase Structure vs. Dependency).

Word Classes and Lexicography. Mutual Information (the "pointwise" version). The t-score. The Chi-square test. Word Classes for NLP tasks. Parameter Estimation. The Partitioning Algorithm. Complexity Issues of Word Classes. Programming Tricks & Tips.

Markov models, Hidden Markov Models (HMMs). The Trellis & the Viterbi Algorithms. Estimating the Parameters of HMMs. The Forward-Backward Algorithm. Implementation Issues.

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