Linguistics | Programming for Computational Linguistics
L555 | 20489 | Dickinson


L555 (20489)
Programming for Computational Linguistics

3 Credits

This course is geared towards students concentrating in Computational
Linguistics with little or no experience in programming; Linguistics
students are welcome, too. It will introduce the fundamentals of
programming and computer science, aiming at attaining practical skills
for text processing.  While we will work with Python, the main focus
is on introducing basic concepts in programming, such as loops or
functions. In contrast to similar courses in Computer Science, we will
concentrate on problems in Computational Linguistics, which generally
involve managing text, searching in text, and extracting information
from text. For this reason, one part of the course will concentrate on
regular expression searching.

Through lectures, lab sessions, and (bi-)weekly assignments, students
will learn the essentials of Python and how to apply these skills to
natural language data.

We will work with the following (recommended) textbook:
Magnus Lie Hetland (2005) Beginning Python: From Novice to
Professional. APress.