CSE 156: Statistical Natural Language Processing

Term: Spring Qtr 2019
Credits: 4
Lecture: MWF 10:00am-10:50am, CENTER 119
Instructor: Ndapa Nakashole, CSE 4108
Office Hours: Friday 12pm - 3pm

Teaching Assistants & office hours:
       Anmol Popli [apopli@ucsd.edu]        Monday 11am-12pm B250A
       Sanatan Sharma [sas001@ucsd.edu]        Tuesday 9am-10am, CSE B50A
       Archit Aggarwal [a1aggarw@ucsd.edu]        Wednesday 9am - 10am, CSE B215
       Nikhil Bangalore Mohan [nmohan@ucsd.edu]        Wednesday from 11am - 12pm , CSE B275



Course Description. Natural language processing (NLP) is a field of AI which aims to equip computers with the ability to intelligently process natural (human) language. This course will explore statistical techniques for the automatic analysis of natural language data. Specific topics covered include: probabilistic language models, which define probability distributions over text sequences; text classification; sequence models; parsing sentences into syntactic representations; machine translation, and machine reading.

The course assumes knowledge of basic probability. Probability Review
Programming assignments will require knowledge of Python. Python Numpy Tutorial

Grading. The course is lab-based. You will complete: five hands-on programming assignments (individually); and a final project (can be done in pairs groups of up to three people).

Final Project. The project can be done in teams of up to two three people. You will need to tell us your team composition by April 26 (The link is in the project description and on Piazza).
Late Submission Policy. Please note that assignemnts must be submitted by the due date. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Academic Integrity. If plagiarism is detected in the programming assignment code or report, University authorities will be notified for appropriate disciplinary action to be taken.
Books. Texts we will use:

Other texts:
CSE156 vs CSE256. The content, assignments, and project of these courses are very similar. You can only get credit for one of them but not both. CSE156 is for undegraduate students and CSE256 is for graduate students. The minor difference is that assignments for CSE 256 will take slightly longer to complete.

Syllabus (tentative)
Date Topic/Readings Assignment (Out)
Apr 1 Introduction
J&M Chapter 1 Introduction
Hirschberg & Manning, Science 2015 Advances in NLP
Language Modelling
Apr 3 Michael Collins. Notes on Language Modelling PA1: Language Modeling (Due April 15)
Apr 5 & 8 Eisenstein Chapter 6 Language Models
Apr 10 Michael Collins. Notes on Log-linear models
Apr 12 Michael Collins. Notes on Feedforward Neural Networks
Eisenstein Chapter 6.3 Recurrent Neural Network Language Models
Text Classification
Apr 15 & 17 Eisenstein Chapter 2 Linear Text Classification PA2: Text Classification (Due April 29)
Michael Collins. Notes on Naive Bayes, MLE, and EM
Distributional Semantics
Apr 19 & 22 Eisenstein Chapter 14 Distributional and distributed semantics
Chris McCormick, 2016 Word2Vec Tutorial - The Skip-Gram Model
Mikolov et al., NIPS 2013 Distributed Representations of Words and Phrases ...
Mikolov et al., 2013 Efficient Estimation of Word Representations in Vector Space
Apr 24 Eisenstein Chapter 14.4 Brown clusters
Tagging Problems & Hidden Markov Models
Apr 24 Michael Collins. Notes on Tagging with Hidden Markov Models
Eisenstein Chapter 8 Applications of sequence labeling
Apr 29