Learning and Natural Language
|Critical Reading Essays
The additional reading material in this class was chosen to
complement the material presented in class. Papers chosen
augment the lectures by describing additional models and algorithms and
their use in applications.
The paper listed do not provide an exhaustive collection of the major
papers in the area, but are supposed to provide a relatively representative
collection that span the key ideas.
If you know of additional relevant paper and/or interested in presenting/surveying papers that are not listed, please let me know.
Instructions: There will be 4 critical reading
Tentative deadlines for the fours critical reviews
- first review: February 18
- second review: March 11
- third review: April, 15
- fourth review: May, 4
Please send the reviews to me by email whenever you want. Make
sure you send all four essays before the deadline listed above.
You can choose any of the papers listed on the class' web page, but not the paper you will present in class.
If you choose a paper that is presented in class you
must send the critical essay before it is presented. This does not hold for the last, long review; given the amount of work expected there, it's okay if you review a paper presented earlier.
You are encouraged to read more papers from the list, and
follow up on the references in the papers listed (in some
cases, you will have to do it in order to understand the
In addition to get you better acquainted with key ideas
and applications, the goal is to train you in reading a research
paper both quickly and effectively.
There are two types of critical reviews; three of the four will be short reviews, and the fourth one will be a longer critical review.
- Short Review: Your essay should not exceed 2 pages (1 is ideal). Spend only 1-2 paragraphs introducing the problem and the approach taken. The rest of your writing should be devoted to critic, where you can address any issue you feel is important in the context of this paper. Examples might be: (1) assumptions made in the paper; (2) technical issues (model, algorithms) (3) evaluation; (4) generality of the proposed method (is it applicable for other problems?) etc.
- Long Review: One of the critical reviews will longer, almost like a paper. In this case your essay should not exceed 10 pages but needs to be at least 5 pages long. As described above, the point is not to tell me what the paper is about -- spend only only 1-2 paragraphs introducing the problem and the approach taken in the paper. Instead, try to extend the paper in some way. Suggest a variation of the model, combine it with another model, analyze it in some way or, otherwise, say something interesting about it. You can also do some experiments with your extensions of the model if this is your preferred choice. Note that this essay could take you a lot more time to complete than the other three, so please plan accordingly.
For the list of papers follow the course plan page