Steven Bird works on linguistic data management through the full life-cycle from collection and annotation to preservation and access. With colleagues and students he has been developing scalable methods for working with under-resourced languages in indigenous communities. His career began with a BSc and MSc in computer science at Melbourne University, followed by a PhD in computational linguistics from Edinburgh University, completed in 1990. Since then he has worked at the Universities of Edinburgh, Pennsylvania and Melbourne, and conducted fieldwork in Australia, Cameroon, Papua New Guinea, and Brazil. He has an ongoing appointment in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. In 2009, Steven served as President of the Association for Computational Linguistics.
"Over all the book is an excellent book and I must say that it has been a very long time since I have read a book that was extremely satisfactory. I would like to very strongly recommend this book to Python lovers who would like to explore the world of Natural Language understanding, parsing and processing. It brings out a very strong factor of Python programming language. I give this book an "A+".
--Sukanta Ganguly, BayPIGgies
"In summary, Natural Language Processing with Python delivers a solid education for any computing professional interested in the complexity and current state of the art in NLP systems. Python programmers will find the book especially Pythonic in the NLTK's implementation and use of NLP principles. While my dream of having an intelligent spoken word conversation with my computer may have to wait for another 25 years of computing evolution, this book helped me understand the complexities of the problem and ways to get closer to the solution."
--Mike Riley, Dr. Dobb's CodeTalk