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Python Text Processing with NLTK 2.0 Cookbook
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Top Customer Reviews
Then I picked up NLTK 2.0 Cookbook. It doesn't spend much time explaining concepts, but I find I can type the code in pretty much word-for-word (and replace it with my customized needs), and the code works. I find it much more useful, and faster to code using this book as a template. It's limited in the recipes it gives, but provides the main NLTK recipes, so I'm quite happy with it.
Since I had already picked up the Bird book, I knew exactly which recipes I needed. If you don't know which chapters are pertinent to your needs, I could see it being difficult to know which recipes to use because there's not much explanation and the terminology is different if you're new to natural language processing. The terminology and concepts are better explained in the Bird book.
A good book. Worth checking out some sample pages on Amazon to see if the recipes will be useful to you, and if you're finding difficulty implementing what's in the Bird book, this one provides better instructions.
Book presupposes that reader is a competent programmer, but not necessarily fluent in Python.
Format of presenting recipe and then explaining that example provides effective support for coming up
to speed quickly and rapid prototyping of solution strategies.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of good ideas for examples but the actual listings miss. There are bugs - perhaps due to version differences that errata would help. Read morePublished on September 28, 2012 by Gsleeper
The book is more a description of the API than a book introducing one to text processing and what you can actually do with it. Read morePublished on May 29, 2012 by J. Schmuecker