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Course Introduction Ido Dagan. Statistical Methods in Computer Science. An Introduction to the Instructor. Email: dagan@cs.biu.ac.il Phone: 03-531-7620 Office hours: Monday 3pm, room 118, CS building Research area: Natural Language Processing

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an introduction to the instructor
An Introduction to the Instructor...

Email: dagan@cs.biu.ac.il

Phone: 03-531-7620

Office hours: Monday 3pm, room 118, CS building

  • Research area: Natural Language Processing
    • A lot of empirical research around texts and applications
  • Slides credit: Prof. Gal Kaminka
an introduction to the course
An Introduction to the Course…

Goals:

An appreciation of the need for empirical research in CS

Knowledge of empirical research methods

Statistical tools

Topics include:

The process of science (hypothesizing, experimenting, hypothesizing, ... )

Experiment design

Descriptive statistics

Inferential statistics – hypothesis testing

procedures
Procedures
  • Lectures about selected topics
    • Take notes, not everything will be on slides!
      • Verbal, board – will be in exam!
      • Many students who covered only the slides failed the exam 
    • Please feel free to raise questions, and to be critical
  • Weekly Tirgul
    • Eyal Shnarch
  • Homework assignments (~4): %20 of grade.
  • Final exam: 80% of grade.
  • Participate in a CS experiment (must attend to pass course)
  • Course web site: http://www.cs.biu.ac.il/~89-362
    • Presentations will be there
    • Also readings, homework, notes, ...
homework assignments
Homework assignments
  • Thought questions
  • Math/statistical
  • Computing statistics with Excel
  • Deadlines are real.
    • You will lose points for being late.
    • After a week, it’s just too late.
  • Individual submission
  • No copying, no ethical breaches
academic honesty
Academic Honesty

A scientist has to be honest.

Do not cheat.

Group discussions are OK

But after discussion, each writes her/his own answer.

Be honest, and you will not get into trouble