University of Toronto

Computer Science 2528, Fall 2017
Advanced Computational Linguistics

Instructor: Graeme Hirst

CSC 2528 is a participatory course. The class meets once a week for discussions of recent research papers in computational linguistics and natural language processing. We will cover four topics this term, spending two or three weeks on each. In addition, a couple of sessions will be devoted to the topics of students’ term papers.

The topics for Fall 2017 will be

Meetings, Fall 2017: Thursdays, 13:00 to 15:00, BA 2179, beginning Thursday 7 September. The date of Reading Week is TBD.

Credit for the course will be based on in-class presentations and a term paper.

Course information sheet (PDF). For further information, contact Graeme Hirst at (The initials of his name)

Topics, readings, and presenters


7 September

CL in a post-truth world

14 September: Background; fake news
21 September: Rumours
28 September: Detection of deception and other kinds of fakes

CL and psychology

5 October
12 or 19 October
19 or 26 October

CL and political texts

26 October or 9 November: Ideology recognition.
2 November: Guest speaker: Ludovic Rheault

Ethical issues in CL and NLP

16 November: Intro to ethics and issues in NLP; built-in bias in NLP systems.
23 November: More issues.
       If the meeting is not needed for student term-paper presentations.

The people’s choice

Presentations by students in the class based on their readings for their term papers.

23 November
30 November

Last modified, 22 August 2017. Comments and corrections to Graeme Hirst at (The initials of his name)