LING 193 - Social Sciences Topics in Linguistics
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Human Language and Computers
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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In the 21st century, the prevalence of personal computers, smartphones, and the internet has changed nearly every aspect of human life. We can use Siri and Google Voice to set alarms, play songs, and write text messages without pressing a button. We can use Google Translate to translate from English into 127 other languages. We can ask Google “what day does the University of Michigan Fall semester start” and the correct date is at the top of the page. But sometimes it goes wrong; catastrophically or hilariously wrong. Why is it hard for computers to understand us? How do these systems work? Why do they fail when they do?

In this course, we will explore these questions by investigating how the science of linguistics applies to the engineering challenges of natural language processing. By understanding how humans learn, use, and understand human languages we can get a better understanding of the challenges our computer programs face, and potentially think of new ways to improve them. We will discuss the basics of how machine learning, neural networks, and other cutting-edge technologies work and how they are limited.

Note: this course is designed for students with all ranges of coding experience: from those with absolutely no experience or interest in coding to experienced coders.


LING 193 - Social Sciences Topics in Linguistics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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