LING 573 - Natural Language Processing Systems and Applications
Spring 2014

Days Time (P.M.) Classroom
Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30-2:50 SAV 130

Instructor Teaching Assistant
Name: Gina-Anne Levow Glenn Slayden
Email: levow at uw dot edu gslayden at uw dot edu
Office: Guggenheim 418D Guggenheim TA space
Office Hour: Fridays 12:30-1:30pm,
or by appointment
Thursdays 3:00-4:00pm

Course description

This course examines building coherent systems to handle practical applications. Particular topics vary. This term we will be focusing on question-answering.

Course Resources


There is no required textbook for this course. However, you may find the following reference texts useful.

A number of published research articles will also provide background for the course. The articles are linked from the syllabus below, and the full citations are found in the reading list.



Course Mechanics

Additional detailed information on grading, collaboration, incompletes, etc.

Tentative schedule, subject to change without notice.
Date Topics Readings Assignment
Slides Adobe Connect
Week 1: April 1, 3 Intro to TREC/TAC, Retrieval
Q/A & Watson
Task; Software
J & M 23-23.2
[Hirschman and Gaizauskas, 2001]
Deliverable #1 out: 4/2
Due April 8, 11:59 pm
April 1
April 3
April 8, 10 System Strategies [Harabagiu et al., 2005]
[Lin, 2007]
Deliverable #2 out Shallow systems
Deep Systems & IR
April 8
April 10
Week 3: April 15, 17 Search and Passage Retrieval
J&M, Ch. 23.1 (4/15)
Documentation for lemur/indri,
esp. see QuickStart

[Xu and Croft, 1996] (4/17)
[Tellex et al, 2003] (4/17)
  IR April 15
Week 4: April 22 Question Processing   Deliverable #3 out    
Week 4: April 24 No class: NW-NLP 2014 @ Microsoft        
Week 5: April 29, May 1 Deliverable #2 presentations        
Week 6: May 6,8 Question Processing;
Question classification
Query formulation
Week 6: May 8 Answer Extraction        
Week 7: May 13, 15 Deliverable 3 project presentations   Deliverable #4 out    
Week 8: May 20, 22 Answer extraction, ranking        
Week 9: May 27, 29 Beyond Factoid QA      
Week 10: June 3, 5 Final presentations