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CS551H: NATURAL LANGUAGE GENERATION (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

The aim of the course is to introduce students who have some background in computing to (1) the varied aims for which Natural Language Generation (NLG) is pursued, (2) the main rule based and statistical methods that are used in NLG, and (3) some of the main NLG algorithms and systems. The course will cover NLG both as a theoretical enterprise (e.g., for constructing models of language production) and as practical language engineering, paying particular attention to the link between NLG and data science. Some programming experience is expected.



Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Ehud B. Reiter

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course will cover topics including:
1. Introduction: the varied aims of NLG; some examples of practical NLG systems
2. The classic NLG pipeline
3. The revised Data2Text pipeline, including data analysis and interpretation
4. Highlight: Data analysis and interpretation
5. Highlight: Generation of Referring Expressions
6. Highlight: Grammars and Linguistic Realisation
7. Evaluation methods for NLG algorithms and systems
8. Algorithmic models of human language production
9. Links with neighbouring areas of NLP: visualisation; summarisation; machine translation; dialogue

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 4 Practicals during University weeks 38 - 40

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Summative Assessments

Commercial Product Design, Demo and Report

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Software and Report: NLG Application using Arria Studio

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Essay

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Technology Assessment Report

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Formative Assessment

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Resit Assessments

Resubmission of failed elements

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Course Learning Outcomes

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