This is the course webpage for the Spring 2018 version of TTIC 31190: Natural Language Processing.
For the Winter 2016 course, go here.

Quarter: Spring 2018
Time: Monday/Wednesday 1:30-2:50 pm
Location: Room 526 (fifth floor), TTIC

Instructor: Kevin Gimpel
Instructor Office Hours: Mondays 3-4pm, Room 531, TTIC, or by appointment
Teaching Assistant: Lifu Tu
Teaching Assistant Office Hours: Wednesdays 3-4pm, Room 501, TTIC

Midterm: Wednesday, May 16

Prerequisites: There are no formal course prerequisites. However, I will assume that you have some programming experience, including familiarity with basic data structures and algorithms. No specific programming language will be required. I will also assume that you are familiar with basic concepts from calculus, linear algebra, and probability. A machine learning course is recommended but not required.

Collaboration Policy
Lateness Policy

All textbooks are optional. We will post optional readings from the following texts to accompany lecture slides.

SLP2: Daniel Jurafsky and James H. Martin. Speech and Language Processing (2nd Edition). Pearson: Prentice Hall. 2009.
SLP3: Drafts of some chapters of the 3rd edition are freely available online.

NNM4NLP: Yoav Goldberg. Neural Network Methods for Natural Language Processing. 2017.
Two copies will be on reserve in the TTIC library. An earlier draft is freely available online.

3 assignments (15% each)
midterm exam (15%) (Wednesday, May 16)
course project (30%):
         project proposal (5%)
         final report (25%)
class participation, including in-class quizzes (10%)


The project must be done in a group of two or three. Each member of the group will receive the same grade for the project.
The project proposal is due May 9. Details are provided here.
The final project report is due June 6 June 7 (May 30 May 31 for graduating students). Details are provided here.
For the report, use the LaTeX or Microsoft Word templates prepared for ACL 2018.

Collaboration Policy
You are welcome to discuss assignments with others in the course, but solutions and code must be written individually.

Lateness Policy
If you turn in an assignment late, a penalty will be assessed. The penalty will be 2% (of the entire point total) per hour late.

You will have 4 late days to use as you wish during the quarter. Late days must be used in whole increments (i.e., if you turn in an assignment 6 hours late and want to use a late day to avoid penalty, it will cost an entire late day to do so).