Obligatory Exercises in INF2820

A bit like software engineering classes, this course has a substantial practical component.  Thus, a central element in the class will be hands-on work throughout the semester, solving problem sets that we provide.  Each such problem set will typically consist of either a small programming assignment or step-wise instructions on engineering an ever-increasing computational grammar (using the LKB grammar development platform).  Some problem sets may include a few theoretical questions, but if so these serve to lay the ground for other, hands-on parts of the assignment.  Problem sets build on each other, and we will provide model solutions as we go along.  Thus, we will need to have to enforce a strict schedule: for each assignment, there will be a hard deadline; both for scheduling and fairness reasons, we will not be able to accept late submissions, i.e. only submissions received before the announced deadline will be counted against the assignment.  Furthermore, there is no room for re-submission of incomplete or partially erroneous solutions.

Each submission will be reviewed by at least one of the instructors and rated on a point scale from zero to one hundred (corresponding to how many per cent of the exercise were successfully solved).  Through interaction with instructors in the laboratory (gruppe) sessions and, where required, individual consultation outside of class hours, students will have the opportunity to gauge the quality of their solutions prior to submission.  There will be a total of three obligatory exercises in this class, each broken up into two parts.  Hence there will be six problem sets (1a and 1b, 2a and 2b, and 3a and 3b), each worth 100 points.  To qualify for the final exam, students will be required to have accumulated a minimum of 100 points each, from each pair of problem sets.  In other words, at least half of the total points available in each third of the semester.  In this scheme, failing to deliver a problem set by its deadline will be counted as zero points.  However, it may be possible to make up for that in the following problem set, as long as the sum of points over both submissions exceeds the 100 point minimum threshold for each pair of problem sets.

Each problem set will have at least one week between the date it is released and its submission deadline.  Typically, we will release a fresh problem set for the laboratory session and then use that session on working towards the solution already.  The submission deadline will typically be a few days after the following laboratory session, i.e. students will have the opportunity to work through an assignment during the first laboratory session, possibly bring further questions and discussion into the lecture session, and if need be continue work on the current problem set in another laboratory session (although at times it may be the case that a new problem set may have been released already).  In addition to the two laboratory hours of joint work with instructors on each assignment, each exercise will be designed to require another few hours of individual work outside of class, typically around four extra hours per week, on average, for the average student.  We cannot accept group submissions, and each student is expected to produce their solution in independent, individual work.  Copying of solutions or group submission cannot be accepted.

Finally, the most important bit.  Submission deadlines for problem sets will be as follows:


1  Common-Lisp Basics  Monday, February 15
2  Context-Free Parsing  Monday, March 8
3  Chart Parsing  Friday, March 26
4  Unification-Based Grammar  Monday, April 19
5  Lexical Rules  Monday, May 3
6  Semantics  Monday, May 24