Coding Natural Language

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Code as a Lib Art

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Coding Natural Language
Fall 2022
Taught By: Filipa Calado
Section: A

CRN: 12323

Credits: 3

How does auto-complete work? How do digital voice assistants understand what I’m saying? Was this paragraph written by a person or generated by an algorithm? These are the kinds of questions addressed by Natural Language Processing (NLP), the subfield of computer science that develops text- and voice-based methods for computational machinery to more closely mimic human communication. In this class students will learn the history and technical operations by which computation advanced from numerical calculation to symbolic processing, how computers came to be machines capable of reading and writing human languages. Coursework will include hands-on, technical exercises with computer programming techniques and resources in a programming language such as Python or Javascript. Readings will be drawn from literature in media studies, philosophy, and computer science. Students will complete self-designed final projects such as a text-based game, an algorithmically-generated poem or story, or an analysis of a large text by computational methods. No prior computer programming experience is necessary. This course fulfills the Integrative Course requirement of the Culture and Media major.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Code as a Lib Art (LCOD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:30pm EST 1/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 913
Date Range: 8/31/2022 - 12/7/2022