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Steven Bird is Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Melbourne, and Senior Research Associate in the Linguistic Data Consortium at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a PhD on computational phonology at the University of Edinburgh in 1990, supervised by Ewan Klein. He later moved to Cameroon to conduct linguistic fieldwork on the Grassfields Bantu languages under the auspices of the Summer Institute of Linguistics. More recently, he spent several years as Associate Director of the Linguistic Data Consortium where he led an R&D team to create models and tools for large databases of annotated text. At Melbourne University, he established a language technology research group and has taught at all levels of the undergraduate computer science curriculum. In 2009, Steven is President of the Association for Computational Linguistics.
Ewan Klein is Professor of Language Technology in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He completed a PhD on formal semantics at the University of Cambridge in 1978. After some years working at the Universities of Sussex and Newcastle upon Tyne, Ewan took up a teaching position at Edinburgh. He was involved in the establishment of Edinburgh's Language Technology Group in 1993, and has been closely associated with it ever since. From 2000-2002, he took leave from the University to act as Research Manager for the Edinburgh-based Natural Language Research Group of Edify Corporation, Santa Clara, and was responsible for spoken dialogue processing. Ewan is a past President of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics and was a founding member and Coordinator of the European Network of Excellence in Human Language Technologies (ELSNET).
Edward Loper has recently completed a PhD on machine learning for natural language processing at the the University of Pennsylvania. Edward was a student in Steven's graduate course on computational linguistics in the fall of 2000, and went on to be a TA and share in the development of NLTK. In addition to NLTK, he has helped develop two packages for documenting and testing Python software, epydoc, and doctest.
I'm only halfway through chapter 2 and I'm absolutely in love with this book. I originally bought it because I was interested in how to sort text you can find on the web (blogs,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nathan Wailes
I would like to give 5 stars if it was updated to the latest content. It's very great content, but somehow out of date. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Simon DUAN
Unique in its genre - software a de facto standard in open source natural language processing.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Edward Loper's book is an introduction to the Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK) for the Python programming language. Its target audience is a narrow one. Read morePublished 12 months ago by John M. Ford
This book is a very good intro/guide to NLP and the Python Natural Language Toolkit.
It provided good high-level coverage of all of the key topics. Read more
This book is a collection of the NLTK documentation available on the web. Some of the pages have been copied word by word. Read morePublished 20 months ago by S. Kumar
This is a pretty good book for getting someone started in NLP and Python, I think. My only problem was that some of the code is already rather out of date. Read morePublished 20 months ago by D. Brittany Kidd