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Dec. 12: Carnegie Mellon Hosts North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad, Feb. 5


Byron Spice                          

Anne Watzman

Carnegie Mellon Hosts North American
Computational Linguistics Olympiad, Feb. 5

Competition Seeks High School Students Interested in Language, Math, Computers

PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Mellon University is looking for high school students whose interests in language, math and computers could make them top competitors in the second annual North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad.

The university is one of about a dozen schools nationwide that will host an open round of competition Feb. 5. Competitors will take a pencil-and-paper test. Those scoring in the top 25 percent will return for an invitational round on March 11.

Winners of the invitational round will be eligible to compete in the International Linguistics Olympiad this summer in Bulgaria. Last year, a U.S. team that included a Shady Side Academy student tied for first place in team competition, and a U.S. student took top individual honors at the international event.

The Olympiad introduces talented students to the emerging field of computational linguistics, so students need not have prior knowledge of the field to compete. Training will be made available for students and schools who express interest. Computational linguistics, which applies computational methods to the study of languages, encompasses areas such as search engines, computer translation and voice-recognition systems.

For more information and to see sample problems, visit To schedule a training or informational session, contact Mary Jo Bensasi of Carnegie Mellon's Language Technologies Institute at or 412-268-7517.