January 27, 2010: North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad

North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad

University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Computer Science Site

This competition is the "Computational Linguistics Olympiad".  You might be wondering what that is.  Here is an example.  Imagine a cell phone conversation, where the call suddenly gets dropped.  The first line below is what is heard, but the second line is what was actually said:

I got canned //
I got canned peaches

Melanie is right //
Melanie is right there

That last bit changes the meaning entirely.  Can you come up with such a sentence on your own?  Are you good at word problems, number problems, calendar systems? If so, this might be for you.  This is a U.S. and Canadian competition, with more details given at http://www.naclo.cs.cmu.edu/. Win at each level, and advance (finally) to be part of the North American team for the International competition.

Where, When:

The first round will be Thursday, Feb. 4th, from 8:30–12:00 (contest starts sharply at 9am) at the Computer Science Department at UIC.  The Chicago-area first stage will be administered in room 1000 SEO (Science and Engineering Offices), 851 South Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60607.

You can find directions and maps, including information about parking and public transportation, at Visiting UIC.


You must register online. Look for Student Registration on the right-hand side of the main North American Computational Linguistics (NACLO) web page or follow this direct link to the student registration page.
Deadline: Wed Feb 3rd, noon PST.

Optional: If registering January 29 or later, it would be convenient if you also send a brief email to Dr. Barbara Di Eugenio at email address: bdieugen at host uic.edu.

Practice Problems

Practice Problems can be found online at: http://www.naclo.cs.cmu.edu

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