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Natural Language Processing and Social Interaction

INFO 6742

Instructor: Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil

Fall. 3 credits.

Enrollment limited to CS/IS PhD students or permission of instructor.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: CS 2110 or equivalent programming experience, a course in artificial intelligence or any relevant subfield (e.g., NLP, information retrieval, machine learning).

More and more of life is now manifested online, and many of the digital traces that are left by human activity are increasingly recorded in natural-language format. This research-oriented course examines the opportunities for natural language processing to contribute to the analysis and facilitation of socially embedded processes. Possible topics include sentiment analysis, learning social-network structure, analysis of text in political or legal domains, review aggregation systems, analysis of online conversations, and text categorization with respect to psychological categories.