CMSC 516. Advanced Natural Language Processing. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Enrollment restricted to graduate students in computer science or related discipline, or acceptance into five-year accelerated program in computer science. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to understand recent advances in natural language processing and apply NLP algorithms and techniques for processing unstructured text. Word-level, syntactic and semantic processing will be considered. Specific topics include rule-based and statistical methods for creating computer programs that analyze, generate and understand human language. Regular expressions and automata, context-free grammars, probabilistic classifiers and machine learning. Applications to real-world problems such as spell-checking, Web search, automatic question answering, authorship identification and developing conversational interfaces.