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Getting to Know Natural Language Understanding
We like to imagine talking to computers the way Picard spoke to Data in Next Generation, but in reality, natural language processing is more than just teaching a computer to understand words. The subtext of how and why we use the words we do is notoriously difficult for computers... Read more
Understanding Unstructured Data With Language Models
Much of our machine learning capabilities come from structured data, but the real payload lies in the messy, unstructured data underneath. If we want to gain practical insights, machines have to learn to parse things like social media posts filled with misspellings or sarcasm or handwritten doctor’s notes with... Read more
Using NLP and ML to Analyze Legislative Burdens Upon Businesses
The process of legal reasoning and decision making is heavily reliant on information stored in text. Tasks like due diligence, contract review, and legal discovery, that are traditionally time-consuming, can be automated, saving a huge amount of time. This makes the development of approaches that leverage natural language processing... Read more
Crisis Intervention and Saving Lives with NLP & Predictive Analytics
Editor’s note: Tom is a speaker for ODSC East 2019 this April 30-May 3! Be sure to attend his talk, “Crisis Intervention and Saving Lives with Natural Language Processing & Predictive Analytics.” The field of predictive modeling is still young, but one of the most effective trailblazers is Crisis... Read more
The Promise of Retrofitting: Building Better Models for Natural Language Processing
Editor’s note: Catherine is a speaker for the upcoming ODSC East 2019 this April 30-May 3! Be sure to check out her talk, “Adding Context and Cognition to Modern NLP Techniques.” OpenAI’s Andrej Karpathy famously said, “I don’t have to actually experience crashing my car into a wall a... Read more
Business Applications of AI-Powered NLP
It’s difficult enough to teach people language, not to mention machines, and for this reason, language proficiency for computers is a moving target. People in the industry have struggled for years with the question of how to get more meaningful data into the hands of those who need it,... Read more
Linguistics In NLP: Why So Complex?
Natural language processing has many applications across both business and software development, but roadblocks in human language have made text challenging to analyze and replicate. Why can’t computers seem to get it exactly right? Mariana Romanyshyn from Grammarly sheds light on why and discusses what you need to know... Read more
Combining Millions of Products Into One Marketplace Using Computer Vision and NLP
Editor’s note: Ali Vanderveld will present on this topic at ODSC East 2019! Check out her talk here. ShopRunner is an e-commerce company that receives feeds of product data from over 140 different retailer partners, including large department stores and retailers that specialize in clothing, electronics, appliances, nutritional products,... Read more
Essential NLP Tools, Code, and Tips
In a previous article, we introduced the influential impact of natural language processing (NLP) in different industries and explained the way this discipline is reshaping several fields, yet facing huge challenges on its way. The main drawbacks we face these days with NLP tools relate to the fact that... Read more
An Introduction to Natural Language Processing (NLP)
Everything we express (either verbally or in written) carries huge amounts of information. The topic we choose, our tone, our selection of words, everything adds some type of information that can be interpreted and value can be extracted from it. In theory, we can understand and even predict human... Read more