Chapter 1. Getting started taming text

In this chapter

  • Understanding why processing text is important
  • Learning what makes taming text hard
  • Setting the stage for leveraging open source libraries to tame text

If you’re reading this book, chances are you’re a programmer, or at least in the information technology field. You operate with relative ease when it comes to email, instant messaging, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and most of the other technologies that define our digital age. After you’re done congratulating yourself on your technical prowess, take a moment to imagine your users. They often feel imprisoned by the sheer volume of email they receive. They struggle to organize all the data that inundates their lives. And they ...

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