Following the free Stanford online course offerings in the Fall 2011 quarter mentioned in this previous post, there are course offerings again this winter, including: probabilistic graphical models and natural language processing, another installment of machine learning, among other courses (scroll to the bottom of any of the linked courses to peruse more).
Some of the LSA Summer institute courses have been added to the following worksheet – courtesy of one of the attending students:
Note: Not all of them are public – some are accessible only if you have a CU account.
For those of you interested in learning more about machine learning, here’s an interesting opportunity. Andrew Ng at Stanford is offering his annual machine learning class in an online, open access format: Machine Learning. Interested folks will be able to sign up online, watch video lectures and notes, and get feedback on their progress. The class runs October 10th to December 16th, and will touch on most of machine learning’s greatest hits. For people who are interested in getting a firmer grip on the basics of machine learning for their own research, it’d definitely be a worthwhile effort.
On the “P-Side” at least, people have recently been running web-based experiments, and getting excellent results. I’m starting this thread as a way of sharing resources, and also perhaps talking about issues that come up in this domain.
The two projects I’ve seen come to fruition are Wendell Kimper‘s experiment on variation in Finnish vowel harmony, and Claire Moore-Cantwell‘s wug-test experiment on Hebrew denominals. Wendell used LimeSurvey, which we have installed on the departmental server (ask me if you’d like to use it). LimeSurvey didn’t work for Claire (it couldn’t pass a variable from one part of the experiment to another), so she developed her own java-based software that fit her needs. Interim summary: we have LimeSurvey, and it is a simple solution for relatively straightforward experiments – if you have more detailed notes from first-hand experience, please add them below.
We have the good fortune of having Michael Becker in our midst this year, and he has recently been working on web-presentation software he and Jonathan Levine call Experigen. He has run several experiments using this software, and demo’d it for a group of us this summer, several of whom immediately decided to set up their own experiments with this elegant set of tools. It requires a little more expertise in html, etc. than LimeSurvey, but we should have or get that anyway, right? Again, those with more experience, please comment below.
The website for our Institute for Computational and Experimental Study of Language can be found here. You’ll find notices of upcoming events (coming soon: Roger Levy, Sept. 16th, Dominic Massaro, Oct. 14th), information about the seed grant program (next deadline this fall), and about labs and working groups across campus.
Information about the broader world of Cognitive Science at UMass can be found here. You’ll find a CogSci events calendar, and the details about the Cognitive Science Certificate.
I’m maintaining both of those sites at the moment, so let me know if you have any updates or other requests for changes.