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Practical natural language processing

Master's level | 7.5 credits | Course code: LT2114
Autumn 2020
50% Day
Period: 3 November 2020 - 17 January 2021
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

This course gives a practical introduction to different problems encountered within natural language processing, and some solutions.

Students will gain practical experience in programming while solving these problems. The course is divided into four main topics: one covering basic concepts and three covering subfields of NLP – words, syntax or morphology and semantics/pragmatics.

1. Basic concepts:

  • Basic concepts in NLP.
  • Automata theory and mathematical linguistics.
  • Probability theory and machine learning.
  • Evaluation measurement, correctness, precision, and recall.

2. Words:

  • Corpora and corpus annotation.
  • Finite-state methods for segmentation and morphological analysis.
  • Statistical language modeling with n-gram markov models.

4. Syntax:

  • Part-of-speech tagging and chunking/partial parsing, making use of methods within machine learning or/and finite-state technology.
  • Common formal grammars, such as feature based and probabilistic context-free grammars.
  • Syntactic parsing.

5. Semantics and Pragmatics:

  • Lexical semantics, lexica, Wordnet and FrameNet.
  • Word sense disambiguation with machine learning.
  • Text classification with machine learning.

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: Successful completion of at least 7.5 credits in programming courses such as: Programming, DIT948; Imperative Programming with Basic Object-orientation, DIT012; Functional programming, DIT142; Introduction to programming, LT2111; or equivalent.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 16 750 SEK
First payment: 16 750 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Madelaine Miller, +46 31-786 5086,


Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, Theory of Science
Box 200
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Renströmsgatan 6

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