Week2: Learning NLP from Coursera

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I am now done watching the week 2 videos from my NLP course on Coursera. I have never been so enthusiastic before, taking a course online and doing it so seriously. The one unique feature of coursera I like is all the lectures are split into multiple short segment videos of max 10 - 15 minutes each. This is good because me as a listener does not get bored and get bombarded with too much of information at once.

The week 2 videos were a little harder and it involves a lot of probabilistic math. But Professor Collins did a good job on explaining all the concepts with good examples :) Here is what I gained from week 2 videos:

  • The Tagging problem
    • Part of speech Tagging
    • Named Entity Tagging
  • Supervised Learning Problems

  • Generative models, and the noisy-channel model, for supervised learning

  • Hidden Markov Model (HMM) taggers
    • Trigram Hidden Markov Models (Trigram HMMs)
    • Basic definitions
    • Parameter estimation
    • The Viterbi algorithm

Now I am waiting for the programming assigment to be posted which is probably going to be implementing the Viterbi algorithm.

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