CSE 392 - Fall 2011- Syllabus
Computers playing Jeopardy!
Course Objectives and Description
This 3 credits class is about the IBM Watson project.
IBM Watson is a computer system capable of answering rich natural language questions and estimating its confidence in those answers at a level of the best humans at the task. On Feb 14-16, in an televised event, Watson triumphed over the best human players of all time on the American quiz show, Jeopardy!. In this course we will discuss the main principles of natural language processing, computer representation of knowledge and discuss how Watson solved some of its answers (right and wrong).
Official Course Goals
At the end of this class you should be able to understand current papers in the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP).
Instructor: Dr. Paul Fodor
1437 Computer Science Building
Office hours: We 12:00-2:00PM, Th 2:00-3:00PM and By Appointment
Phone: (631) 632-9820
Email: pfodor (at) cs (dot) stonybrook (dot) edu
Lectures: TuTh 9:50AM - 11:10PM, Computer Science 2114
No required textbooks. We will use material from:
Jurafsky, D. and Martin, J. H. Speech and Language Processing. Prentice Hall: 2000. ISBN: 0130950696.
Manning, C. D. and H. Schütze: Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing. The MIT Press. 1999. ISBN 0-262-13360-1.
Grades will be based on homework and lab work.
The Pass/No Credit (P/NC) option is not available for this course. This policy applies to all CSE/ISE undergraduate courses
used to satisfy the graduation requirements for the major.
There will be programming assignments which must be submitted electronically on Blackboard by the announced due date and time. All code must compile. Code that does not compile will not be graded. Assignments will be graded based on program performance and documentation. You may not submit any programming assignment late. Late programming work will not be graded. All program code that is submitted electronically must have the following information listed clearly in documentation (comments in your program code) at the beginning of each file:
- Your name
- The course (CSE 392)
- The programming assignment number
- The lab/recitation date and Graduate TAs Name
For re-grading of an assignment or exam, please meet with the person (instructor or teaching
assistant) responsible for the grading. Please try to arrange a re-evaluation within one week of receiving
the graded work. All such requests that are later than one week from the date the graded work is returned
to the class will not be entertained.
You are encouraged to discuss the intellectual aspects of assignments with other
class participants. However, each student is responsible for formulating solutions in his or her own words.
A student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted
work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. Any suspected instance of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Academic Judiciary. For more comprehensive information on
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Academic Dishonesty Penalty: Students
who submit the same or suspiciously similar assignments will receive a grade of zero on the particular
assignment and have their final course grade reduced by one letter grade. In addition, the College of
Engineering & Applied Sciences has formal procedures to handle cases of academic dishonesty.
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ability to carry out assigned course work, I would urge that you contact the staff i n the Disabled Student
Services office (DSS), Room 128 ECC, 632-6748/TDD. DSS will review your concerns and determine,
with you, what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation of
disability is confidential. Important: If you are planning to take exams at the DSS office, you need to tell
me ahead of time for every exam. Otherwise you may not be able to take i t there.
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