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Taweh Beysolow IIApplied Natural Language Processing with Python https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-3733-5_1

1. What Is Natural Language Processing?

Taweh Beysolow II1 
San Francisco, California, USA

Deep learning and machine learning continues to proliferate throughout various industries, and has revolutionized the topic that I wish to discuss in this book: natural language processing (NLP). NLP is a subfield of computer science that is focused on allowing computers to understand language in a “natural” way, as humans do. Typically, this would refer to tasks such as understanding the sentiment of text, speech recognition, and generating responses to questions.

NLP has become a rapidly evolving field, and one whose applications ...

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