Using NLP APIs

We will use the OpenNLP and Stanford APIs to demonstrate parsing and the extraction of relation information. LingPipe can also be used but will not be discussed here. An example of how LingPipe is used to parse biomedical literature can be found at http://alias-i.com/lingpipe-3.9.3/demos/tutorial/medline/.

Using OpenNLP

Parsing text is simple using the ParserTool class. Its static parseLine method accepts three arguments and returns a Parser instance. These arguments are:

  • A string containing the text to be parsed
  • A Parser instance
  • An integer specifying how many parses are to be returned

The Parser instance holds the elements of the parse. The parses are returned in order of their probability. To create a Parser instance, we will use the ...

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