What Coursera’s NLP course has taught me

I registered for Coursera’s NLP course in order to (among other reasons) get a little more informed about machine translation, but it turns out that the course in its current incarnation does not cover MT at all. So was this all in vain? While I cannot say I have gained much in-depth knowledge that I can apply, I can at least confidently say that I have gained a fairly clear idea of why so many things (including T9, autocorrect, and google search but unfortunately not MT) do not work. So, while the course has not taught me anything about MT, it has been useful nonetheless. As the course draws to an end, I am grateful for professors Jurafsky and Manning from Stanford for putting this up.
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