Regularized CRFs and text analytics

Most of the examples used to demonstrate the capabilities of conditional random fields are related to text mining, intrusion detection, or bioinformatics. Although these applications have a great commercial merit, they are not suitable for introductory test cases because they usually require a lengthy description of the model and the training process.

The feature functions model

For our example, we will select a simple problem: how to collect and aggregate an analyst's recommendation on any given stock from different sources with different formats.

Analysts at brokerage firms and investment funds routinely publish the list of recommendations or ratings for any stock. These analysts use different rating schemes ...

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