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Natural Language Processing Using Python is an introduction to natural language processing (NLP), the task of converting human language into data that a computer can process. The book uses spaCy, a leading Python library for NLP, to guide readers through common NLP tasks related to generating and understanding human language with code. It addresses problems like understanding a user's intent, continuing a conversation with a human, and maintaining the state of a conversation. It also teaches you how to connect an NLP script to a messaging app, store user data in a database to fill in a form, and customize your own statistical models to improve text processing. This book will give you the foundation you need to build your own chatbots, ticket-ordering apps, text-condensing scripts, and more.
- Uses examples and problems applicable to actual NLP apps
- Includes exercises to help the reader move beyond each lesson
- Covers foundational techniques that readers can implement in other NLP libraries, not just in spaCy