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Natural Language Processing with Attention Models via Coursera


In Course 4 of the Natural Language Processing Specialization, offered by DeepLearning.AI, you will:
a) Translate complete English sentences into German using an encoder-decoder attention model,
b) Build a Transformer model to summarize text,
c) Use T5 and BERT models to perform question-answering, and
d) Build a chatbot using a Reformer model.

This course is for students of machine learning or artificial intelligence as well as software engineers looking for a deeper understanding of how NLP models work and how to apply them.

By the end of this Specialization, you will have designed NLP applications that perform question-answering and sentiment analysis, created tools to translate languages and summarize text, and even built a chatbot!

Learners should have a working knowledge of machine learning, intermediate Python including experience with a deep learning framework (e.g., TensorFlow, Keras), as well as proficiency in calculus, linear algebra, and statistics. Please make sure that you’ve completed course 3 - Natural Language Processing with Sequence Models - before starting this course.

This Specialization is designed and taught by two experts in NLP, machine learning, and deep learning. Younes Bensouda Mourri is an Instructor of AI at Stanford University who also helped build the Deep Learning Specialization. Łukasz Kaiser is a Staff Research Scientist at Google Brain and the co-author of Tensorflow, the Tensor2Tensor and Trax libraries, and the Transformer paper.


  • Neural Machine Translation
    • Discover some of the shortcomings of a traditional seq2seq model and how to solve for them by adding an attention mechanism, then build a Neural Machine Translation model with Attention that translates English sentences into German.
  • Text Summarization
    • Compare RNNs and other sequential models to the more modern Transformer architecture, then create a tool that generates text summaries.
  • Question Answering
    • Explore transfer learning with state-of-the-art models like T5 and BERT, then build a model that can answer questions.
  • Chatbot
    • Examine some unique challenges Transformer models face and their solutions, then build a chatbot using a Reformer model.

Taught by

Younes Bensouda Mourri, Łukasz Kaiser and Eddy Shyu

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