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Found 9 results

  1. Hey everyone, Anyone with admits/rejects to the UWash computational linguistics or other similar programs?
  2. Hi, I just got a PhD offer in Linguistics at University of Kansas and MSc in computational linguistics at Brandeis University. I am an undergraduate in linguistics with some trainings in computer science, and I am interested in computational psycholinguistics. The PhD program at Kansas University is great, good supervisor and funding package. However, I am attracted to both psycholinguistics and computational linguistics and KU only has psycholinguistic track. While I am still waiting for a few master program in computational linguistics, I was wondering if a master program in computational linguistics will give a good preparation for PhD application next year. I think it is always good to learn some programming and statistics, and it might bring a job in the industry. I am just concerned that what if I find myself more suitable for linguistic research but cannot get an offer as good as KU in the future? I really appreciate any advice! Thanks so much.
  3. Anyone else on the waitlist for uw's comp ling program? Or have knowledge about how many people get off the waitlist/how the waitlist works? I'll be emailing then tomorrow at a more reasonable time, but I don't expect a response till Monday from them, so figured I'd ask here!
  4. Hi all. I recently got an admit (big surprise) from University of Washington's Computational Linguistics Master's degree. Do any of you have more information on it? How is the course, job placements, research etc? I am from India and primarily looking for a job + H1B visa in an ML/NLP job profile. Thanks
  5. Hi everyone, I was waitlisted by Yale Linguistics PhD program on January 30 and they told me I am on the top of their waitlist. Recently, they emailed me that my chance of getting in is low and I probably have to wait till April 15 for the final result. Does anyone know what I can do to increase my chance of being admitted? I heard if I can find someone who declined the offer to refer me and that would help. I need some help. Thank you and I really appreciate your help.
  6. Background: I studied CS as an undergrad, but I feel myself to be equally passionate about languages. I did TOEFL and SAT in high school with decent grades, went on a one-year exchange at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and learnt Spanish, and now I want to learn German and explore Europe, thus my applications to German universities. Honestly, during my time as an undergrad I didn't see myself very interested in a CS research career (the project I got involved in didn't go particularly well), and feel I would rather work as a programmer than committing myself to a PhD program. However, I haven't tried out anything related to computational linguistics yet (the professor in charge of this program at my university left when I enrolled, and no CS professor does related researches), thus I think if I ever do a Master's degree, I'd rather do a more theoretical one and lay foundation in case I ever go on to do a PhD. (I don't think the job as a programmer needs much training from a Master's program anyways.) Currently, I have received offers from Universität Tübingen in M.A. Computational Linguistics (Winter), Universität Stuttgart in M.Sc. Computer Science (Autonomous Systems) (Summer) and TU Darmstadt in M.Sc. Distributed Computing (Summer), with other decisions pending such as those from TU München in Computer Science/Data Science and the ITIS program http://www.itis-graduateschool.de/ (basically all the remaining programs are more traditionally CS rather than CL). My application at Universität Stuttgart for M.Sc. Computational Linguistics was unsuccessful, presumably because they think I'll have too much catching up to do in the field of linguistics. I'm considering whether to accept the offer from Tübingen outright and tell the other schools to stop the process already. My main concern is that Tübingen seems to be a school more renowned in humanities/natural science than engineering, and the program website for computational linguistics http://www.sfs.uni-tuebingen.de/study-iscl/en/ http://www.sfs.uni-tuebingen.de/en/courses-of-study/courses-of-study-at-the-sfs/international-studies-in-computational-linguistics/international-ma-programme-iscl.html seems to be a bit out of maintenance for a couple of years, with several broken links, which makes me a bit worried. Actually I was more inclined to join the M.Sc. CL program at Universität Stuttgart (seemingly focuses more on the computational aspect than the humanities aspect) but since I was rejected, this is no longer an option. Of course, I mean no disrespect for Tübingen and I hope my misgivings are all baseless, and that the program at Tübingen would help me learn the subject and prepare for a potential PhD with equal efficacy as any other. It's just an impression I got on the university based on its common reputation which I hope to be debunked. It would be best if there is somebody who studied computational linguistics at Tübingen who can give me some insight about its career prospect. Or maybe just somebody who is well versed in computational linguistics in general and knows the quality of various CL programs/research groups including that of Tübingen. Also, in general, if I want to go on the path of PhD, which one among the above mentioned three programs that admitted me would be the most sensible choice (in terms of research opportunities/international recognition of research projects etc.)? By the way, since I never really tried out linguistics, there is the possibility that I actually don't like the field once I get into it. In this case, I wonder whether it would still be possible for me to drop out and switch to another more traditional M.Sc. Program at another university in which I've been admitted before (submitting a new application, of course). I think I've seen some cases of switching programs/universities midway through, but I'm not sure how German universities treat new applications from students who already rejected their offers once before. I see a question during my application asking whether I had once been admitted before by the program, though. This has been a longwinded post. Thank you very much for your time and I appreciate any help you might be able to offer.
  7. I am a recent mechanical engineering graduate in India and I just started working as an entry-level data analyst. I took introductory programming courses in college, and apart from that online courses in data structures and algorithms and now I'm pretty much learning a bunch of programming languages on the job. I am very interested in computational linguistics and would like to apply to master's programs in the US for Fall 2017. The problem is I haven't done any formal CS courses in college, or linguistics for that matter (again I've done a couple of MOOCs, and I worked on a linguistics writing sample on my own). I have taken a couple of foreign languages in college (I know three, apart from three Indian ones and English). That applicants may not have formal CS/linguistics education does not seem to be a problem for most of the programmes I'm applying to, but a couple mention the CS prerequisites quite clearly. So I've been thinking about getting an LOR from a mechanical engineering professor I worked with closely on a project, one from a humanities professor (who does classics/Sanskrit, I took a class with him and he knows about natural language processing because he's worked in it), and one from a foreign languages professor (lol). NONE of these people are directly related to CS or linguistics. I could get one from a mech professor but would that really help? Can't get one from work, it would jeopardise my job. If it's at all relevant, I have good GRE scores and a decent CGPA (all above 90th percentile, 8.16/10 which is like a distinction?) from a well-ranked university in India. Will my LORs being from unrelated fields wreck my application?
  8. I am a recent engineering graduate in India, and I've been thinking about applying to computational linguistics master's programmes in the US. Some of these universities ask for a sample of academic work/writing sample. My problem is that I haven't done much writing, except for a long essay related to sociology/ancient Indian literature in an elective class. I decided to write something on my own in linguistics for applications, because I haven't taken any classes in linguistics at all (except for a couple of MOOCs) and this is the only way I can show them that I know (at least some) stuff. I wrote about the unique features of Indian languages, in terms of their usage, orthography, grammar and pragmatics, that present difficulties in developing rules for machine translation (MT) involving them. I wrote about three languages that I know, and a couple of techniques used in some papers on the topic. Now I don't really know if this is acceptable, because it doesn't have a thesis statement or any particular argument, except that MT is not all that easy (yeah I know give me a medal). I mean it's like a glorified wiki article - is this in any way acceptable?
  9. So, a little background first: My undergrad degree is in English, but I realized (after it was too late to change) that I'm actually interested in computer science and linguistics (thus Computational Linguistics). So, I'm going for a Master's degree in CL. My GPA is great and my GRE scores are pretty ok, but I'm applying to schools for a field I have zero background in. I've been accepted to Indiana University (Bloomington) and University of Colorado at Boulder. I haven't heard from Brandeis yet. I'm not getting funding from either, but I didn't really expect it, since I have no background in this field. I'll be paying for school with loans as I'm not at all wealthy. My question is, which school has a better reputation in the field? Boulder is where my home and my boyfriend and friends are, so logistics-wise, CU is the easiest choice, and I've heard from a few people that it's a good school for CL. Also, there's a great start-up tech scene here, so it may be easier to find an internship/job in the industry. Google has an office here, and while I don't really expect to have a chance, it's a secret wish of mine to work there (and one of their guys told me they do hire Computational Linguists). Indiana has a dedicated Computational Linguistics MA degree, as opposed to CU's Human Language Technology certificate. I have heard that Indiana has a better reputation in Linguistics, but I don't know that for sure, and I want to work more in the Computer Science side of things, anyway. Indiana might also end up costing less, even at out-of-state tuition rates for the first year. But, the obvious cons are that I know no one there and am not sure of the opportunities for internships, etc., and I'd have to leave my boyfriend. It feels more risky as a choice. There are professors at both schools who are doing things that interest me, so looking at the faculty has not been too helpful. I don't know what my chances are for funding at either school, and tuition is looking similar (~18-20,000) for both. I'd like to hear opinions on Brandeis as well, on the chance I might get in there, too (though I probably can't afford it). I want to work in industry ultimately, but I'm very tempted by a Ph.D if I could do some interesting research and get funded. Stanford would be my dream school for that, but I'll try to be realistic... I'm the first person in my family to go to grad school, so I kind of don't know what to expect, or what I should prioritize. Thanks for any input you can give about the relative merits of these schools!
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