A pipeline is nothing more than a sequence of operations where the output of one operation is used as the input to another operation. We have seen it used in several examples in previous chapters but they have been relatively short. In particular, we saw how the Stanford
StanfordCoreNLP class, with its use of annotators objects, supports the concept of pipelines nicely. We will discuss this approach in the next section.
One of the advantages of a pipeline, if structured properly, is that it allows the easy addition and removal of processing elements. For example, if one step of the pipeline converts token to lowercase, then it can be easy to simply remove this step with the remaining elements of the pipeline left untouched.
However, some ...