Course Notes

Jeopardy Challenge

posted Feb 8, 2011, 10:22 AM by Jason Baldridge

IBM has created Watson, a computer program that plays Jeopardy. It has been winning lots of rounds against actual human players, and now it will be playing the top Jeopardy players next week:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703439504576116163439390834.html
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2011-02-04-watson04_ST_N.htm

Watson is a heavy-duty computational linguistics application, so this is quite an exciting event!

Digitoneurolinguistic Hacking

posted Feb 6, 2011, 12:13 PM by Jason Baldridge

XKCD scores again -- here's a comic showing a generative model of language gone bad:


This actually makes me think of the "other" NLP: Neurolinguistic Programming. If you are curious about it, or if someone thinks this NLP class you are taking is about Neurolinguistic Programming rather than Natural Language Processing, read Steven Novella's blog post discussing why Neurolinguistic Programming is pseudoscientific mumbo-jumbo .



Interesting talk on Monday: Geographic Context on the Web

posted Jan 28, 2011, 11:10 AM by Jason Baldridge

"Geographic Context on the Web" is Yahoo! talk
Description: As GPS-enabled devices become ubiquitous, online social platforms increasingly leverage location as an important aspect of our online social context. Web 2.0 platforms such as Foursquare, Flickr, Facebook and Twitter connect people to each other and to their surroundings. Vanessa Murdock of Yahoo! presents a set of open problems in personal geography, and her research on discerning a technology user's geographic context. We lead a double life in parallel social systems. In our everyday experience, we have friends, family, events and social connections that happen in the world and enrich our lives. We also have friends, family, events and social connections that exist primarily online, which also enrich our lives. In this talk we focus on location as an important link between our online and offline lives.
Time: Monday, 1-2 p.m.
Location: Main Building 1.208
Admission: Free
URL: http://ir.ischool.utexas.edu/yahoo-series

Good coding practice

posted Jan 18, 2011, 11:18 AM by Jason Baldridge

Something to keep in mind while doing the homeworks for this course, from XKCD:

http://xkcd.com/844/

Spring semester starts!

posted Jan 18, 2011, 9:49 AM by Jason Baldridge

The semester has begun, and the course web page is now live, with syllabus and schedule prepared! I will use this announcement page to post items of interest to the course throughout the semester, so feel free to subscribe to it if you would like to receive updates as and when I make them.

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