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.

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I am currently enrolled in to an Natural Language Processing Course on Coursera. I just cant describe how awesome Coursera is, and that would be a separate blog post. I just finished watching the Week 1 lectures and this is what I learned The language modelling problem Markov Processes First order Markov Process Second order Markov Process Unigram, Bigram and the Trigram models Evaluating Language Models: perplexity Estimation Techniques Linear Interpolation Discounting methods I dedicate about 8 - 10 hours on average per week for my coursera class.

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If you read one of my old posts, I showed you how to thank your friends when they wished you on your birthday on your facebook wall. Now I will show you how to wish your facebook friends on their birthdays programatically. Before you get started, you need the following setup on your machine: Get the Facebook access token: Head to this link and get the api token. Select publish_actions , publish_stream , read_stream , status_update , friends_birthdays' anduser_about_me` options when obtaining the API token.

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First of all wishing everyone a very Happy 2013 ahead. I bet everyone has a list of things which they would want to do before they die often called as “bucket list”. Well I am no different and I have a few of my own and I am glad that I was finally able to complete one among them i.e to celebrate New Years in Time’s Square in New York. For my winter break of 2012, I decided to spend the last week of December exploring New York City.

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New York Unpluggd

First of all wishing everyone a very Happy New Year and hope this year is awesome for you. I am finally back from an awesome vacation and I had been to New York for my vacation. I could not have asked for a better time, the last week of december and celebrating the New Year Time Square.

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I have just been around 4 months in the US and I have already completed one semester at USC now. I took three courses this semester namely Operating Systems, Introduction to Computer Networks & Web Technologies. I got an opportunity to do interesting projects during this semester. I worked on building the weenix kernel and successfully built the scheduler, process & thread management blocks, Virtual File System and got a basic shell running.

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Well, as the post title says I am now a Graduate Student Assistant at the University of Southern California :-) I no longer have to pay any tuition towards my masters and I would also be getting a generous stipend on a monthly basis. This meant free education!! I never ever imagined in my wildest of dreams for this to happen. Such a thing is very rare for masters students especially here at USC.

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Pradeep Nayak

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