ELS 3118: Computational Approaches to the Analysis of English words Course description

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ELS 3118: Computational Approaches to the Analysis of English words


Course description

The course aims at studying English from a computational perspective. It involves studying the
following: Concepts and theories related to natural language processing;


rule
-
based and
statistical
-
based natural language processing systems; applications of natural language
processing: word segmentation, part
-
of
-
speech tagging, information retrieval, parsing, machine
translation. The course will also involve practical exerc
ises and or a project that can be
developed further by the student.


Course objectives

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To equip students with the fundamentals of computational analysis of English language

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To engage students in the practical building of basic English language resources

and
analysis required in natural language processing

Course Outline

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Basics in computational linguistics

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Overview of projects in the computational analysis of English language

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theoretical computational models and practical applications

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Rule
-
based systems

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Part of speech tagging systems

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Word
-
segmentation

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systems for morphological analysis of English

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introduction to finite
-
state automata

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finite
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state transducers with applications in English morphology

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computational frameworks for English morphological dis
ambiguation

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course a student should be able to:

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show basic abilities in using a computer system to build an English language processing
task.

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Understand some machine
-
human interaction tools that exist and can be used in

studying
different English language structures

Method of Delivery

Lectures, tutorials and Practical



Assessment

A written Makerere University approved examination taken after the official 15 weeks of
lectures will be marked out 70%, and coursework assign
ments and/or project will contribute 30%
of the final mark.

Reading List

Beesley, K. R. & Karttunen, L.
(
2003
).
Finite State Morphology
. CSLI Publications

Jurafsky, Daniel & Martin, James H. (2008).
An Introduction to Natural Language

Processing, Compu
tational Linguistics, and Speech Recognition 2
nd

edn.

Prentice Hall.

Ruslan Mitkov (2003)
The Oxford Handbook of Computational Linguistics.

USA:

Oxford University Press