Dr. Edward Loper is a Research Scientist at BBN Technologies. He completed a PhD in Computer Science in 2008, supervised by Martha Palmer. His current research interests include computational linguistics and machine learning. He is the original designer and author of the NLTK toolkit and of epydoc.
"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