Natural Language Processing



This course aims to introduce students to current applications and possibilities of Natural Language Processing, both speech (audio) and text processing and enable them to be capable to perform basic tasks on natural language processing. The practical sessions of the course will be mainly based on Python 3 and NLTK.

Course plan

1. Introduction to language technologies

2. Text processing

3. Speech processing


The continuous assessment is based on class activities and two homework assignments. The resit will consist in delivering the failed assignments. Only those students who score a minimum of 3 (i.e. ranging from 3 to 4.9) in an assignment can opt for the resit. The only possible final mark after the resit will be 5. The resit takes place a week after the UB evaluation period finishes (January/February).

Examination-based assessment

Under exceptional circumstances only one assessment activity will be set (100% of the final mark).


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Bird, Steven, Ewan Klein, and Edward Loper. Natural Language Processing with Python. O’Reilly, 2009. 978-0-596-51649-9. O’Reilly Media Inc.   Enllaç