LING 573 - Natural Language Processing Systems and Applications
Spring 2016

Days Time (P.M.) Classroom
Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30-2:50 THO 119

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: Tuesday 12:30-1:15 (no hours 5/24)
or by appointment
Thursdays 12:30-1:30
or Skype by appointment


Course description

This course examines building coherent systems to handle practical applications. Particular topics vary. This quarter we will focus on automatic summarization.

Course Resources


There is no required textbook for this course. However, you may find the following reference texts useful. Some good survey texts in this area are:

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.

Historical proceedings from Summarization shared tasks are also available.



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: March 29, March 31 Summarization: Intro
Course Structure
J&M 23.3-; [Sparck Jones, 2007] Deliverable #1 out:
Due April 5, 23:45
March 29
March 31
Week 2: April 5, 7 Evaluation & Resources
Exemplar Systems
Nenkova et al, 2007; Radev et al., 2004;
Conroy et al. 2004 Hong & Nenkova, 2014
Deliverable #2 out Systems & Evaluation
Eval, "topic models", D2
April 5
April 7
Week 3: April 12, 14 Content selection by
Classification, Graphs, and Discourse
Erkan & Radev, 2004;Louis et al., 2010   MEAD, Graphs & Supervision
Supervision & Discourse
April 12
April 14
Week 4: April 19, 21 Discourse, Topic Orientation
& Information Ordering
Otterbacher et al, 2005; Schilder et al, 2008 ; Barzilay et al, 2002 Deliverable #3 out Discourse & Topic Topics & Ordering April 19
April 21
Week 5: April 26, 28 Deliverable #2 Presentations     1st 4 Tuesday presentations
GloVe + K-means
Thursday presentations
T9 T2 T8 T3 T4
T6 T1 T7 T5 T10
Week 6: May 3, 5 Information Ordering Bollegala et al., 2012;Barzilay and Lapata, 2005, 2008
Barzilay and Lee, 2004;Conroy et al, 2006
Entity/Topic Order
May 3
May 5
Week 7: May 10, 12 Content Realization Zajic et al., 2007; Vanderwende et al, 2007.;Nenkova, 2008;Wang et al., 2013 Deliverable #4 out Content Realization
Comp. & Quality
May 10
May 12
Week 8: May 17, 19 Deliverable #3 Presentations     Tuesday
T2 T8 T3 T9
T6 T1 T7 T4 T10 T5
Week 9: May 24, 26 Alternate Views of Summarization
Abstraction and Sentiment
Siddarthan et al., 2011;Liu et al, 2015
Hu and Liu, 2004; Lerman & McDonald, 2009;
Maskey & Hirschberg, 2006
  Reference & Abstraction
Abstraction, Reviews, Speech
May 24
May 26
Week 10: May 31, June 2 Final presentations     Tuesday
Thursday 1and 2
T8 T2 T1 T9 T7
T6 T3 T4 T5 T10