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Module Descriptor School of Computer Science and Statistics

Module CodeCS7IS4
Module NameText Analytics
Module Short Title
Semester TaughtHT (2nd Semester)
Contact Hours

2 lecture hours per week

Module PersonnelAssociate Professor Carl Vogel
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to::

  • IS4LO1 Grasp the scope and limitations of finite state methods;
  • IS4LO2 Apply concepts from formal semantics within content analytics;
  • IS4LO3 Analyze, using qualitative and quantitative methods, entailments in natural language texts, distinguishing entailments from suggestions and associations;
  • IS4LO4 Comprehend and apply methods of sentiment analysis and metaphor understanding
Learning Aims

This module aims to provide students with a deep appreciation of  the theory and practice of  text analysis techniques.

Module Content

Specific topics addressed in this module may include:

  • Finite state methods for representation and reasoning, model theoretic semantics
  • Formal language theory
  • Dependency and constituency in language models
  • Formal grammar specification
  • Meaning preserving syntactic alternations, text-entailment, text-associations
  • Methods and applications of text classification
  • Statistical Language Processing
  • Sentiment and metaphor analysis
Recommended Reading List

Ido Dagan, Dan Roth, Mark Sammons, Fabio Massimo Zanzotto (2013)

Recognizing Textual Entailment: Models and Applications. Morgan Claypool.

Vivi Nastase, Preslav Nakov, Diarmuid Ó Séaghdha, Stan Szpakowicz (2013)

Semantic Relations Between Nominals. Morgan Claypool

Beth Levin (1993) English Verb Classes and Alternations: A Preliminary

Investigation. University of Chicago Press

Bing Liu (2014). Sentiment Analysis and Opinion Mining. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

CD Manning and H. Schutze, Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999

Pierre M. Nugues (2006) An Introduction to Language Processing with Perl and Prolog. Springer

Module Prerequisites
Assessment Details

Coursework: 100%

An essay on an agreed topic will be due at the start of the final week of the semester. The essay will be constructed as a candidate submission to the International Workshop on Computational Semantics.

Assessment in the Supplemental session will be based on 100% coursework.

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Academic Year of Data2017/18