UMass Sesquicentennial

492B Computational Linguistics: Use and Meaning (3 units)

Spring 2014


TuTh 9:30 - 10:45 - Dickinson 109


Brian Dillon []


This course will introduce students to the use of probabilisitic methods in computational linguistics, focusing on problems of disambiguation and classification. Students will be introduced to basic probability and information theory, as well as basic tools used in NLP applications such as Hidden Markov Models. Topics covered will include the application of statistical methods to problems of word sense disambiguation, part of speech tagging, and sentiment analysis. This course complements LINGUIST 409, though LINGUIST 409 is not a formal prerequisite. This course requires that enrolled students have already satisfied their basic math requirements (R1), but no specialized math background is assumed.