What this book covers

Chapter 1, Introduction to Natural Language Processing, embarks us on our journey with a gentle introduction to NLP. In this chapter, we will first look at the reasons we need NLP. Next, we will discuss some of the common subtasks found in NLP. Thereafter, we will discuss the two main eras of NLP—the traditional era and the deep learning era. We will gain an understanding of the characteristics of the traditional era by working through how a language modeling task might have been solved with traditional algorithms. Then, we will discuss the deep learning era, where deep learning algorithms are heavily utilized for NLP. We will also discuss the main families of deep learning algorithms. We will then discuss the fundamentals ...

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