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Speech and Language Processing, 2nd Edition Hardcover – May 16, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0131873216 ISBN-10: 0131873210 Edition: 2nd

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  • Hardcover: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2nd edition (May 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131873210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131873216
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dan Jurafsky is an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics, and by courtesy in Department of Computer Science, at Stanford University. Previously, he was on the faculty of the University of Colorado, Boulder, in the Linguistics and Computer Science departments and the Institute of Cognitive Science. He was born in Yonkers, New York, and received a B.A. in Linguistics in 1983 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1992, both from the University of California at Berkeley. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 1998 and the MacArthur Fellowship in 2002. He has published over 90 papers on a wide range of topics in speech and language processing.

 

James H. Martin is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and in the Department of Linguistics, and a fellow in the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was born in New York City, received a B.S. in Comoputer Science from Columbia University in 1981 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in  1988. He has authored over 70 publications in computer science including the book A Computational Model of Metaphor Interpretation.


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Dan Jurafsky is professor of linguistics and computer science at Stanford University. His latest book, The Language of Food, comes out from W. W. Norton in September.

Customer Reviews

The book is thorough and comprehensive and suitable for all levels of learners.
Marlin
I'm in middle of reading this book as an introduction to NLP without a teacher, and I find it very clear, easy to read, and informative.
A student
I believe this book is perfect for everyone who starts in speech and language processing.
carheg

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By P. Nadkarni on April 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The authors have the challenge of covering a vast area, and they do a good job of highlighting the hard problems within individual sub-fields, such as machine translation. The availability of an accompanying Web site is a strong plus, as is the extensive bibliography, which also includes links to freely available software and resources.

Now for the negatives.

While I would still buy and recommend this book, you will need to supplement it with other material; in addition to the accurate "broad and shallow" comment made by another reviewer, I would add that much of the material, as presented, is aimed at the comprehension level of a computer-science PhD and doesn't really meet the definition of a textbook for either undergraduate or graduate students. It is not that the material is intrinsically difficult: one recurring problem in the book is the vast number of forward references, where a topic is introduced very briefly but not explained until 20-50 pages later. In most cases, if you don't understand a passage in the text, I would advise that you keep skimming ahead - you may be rewarded because in several cases, the book covers a particular approach for 2-3 pages before telling you that its underlying assumptions are flawed, and that modern methods for addressing the problem use alternative approaches.

In other cases, the authors try to explain topics that might deserve entire chapters in about ten lines - a poster child is the explanation on page 736 of how Support Vector Machines can be used for multiclass problems. To someone who is familiar with SVMs, this material is unnecessary, while those who are not will not be enlightened by knowing that SVMS are "binary approaches based on the discovery of separating hyperplanes".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford on April 25, 2012
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Daniel Jurafsky and James Martin have assembled an incredible mass of information about natural language processing. The authors note that speech and language processing have largely non-overlapping histories that have relatively recently began to grow together. They have written this book to meet the need for a well-integrated discussion, historical and technical, of both fields.

In twenty-five chapters, the book covers the breadth of computational linguistics with an overall logical organization. Five chapter groupings organize material on Words, Speech, Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics, and Applications. The four Applications chapters address Information Extraction, Question Answering and Summarization, Dialogue and Conversational Agents, and Machine Translation. The book covers a lot of ground, and a fifty-page bibliography directs readers to vast expanses beyond the book's horizon. The aging content problem present in all such books is addressed through the book's web site and numerous links to other sites, tools, and demonstrations. There is a lot of stuff.

While it is an achievement to assemble such a collection of relevant information, the book could be more useful than it is. An experienced editor could rearrange content into a more readable flow of information and increase the clarity of some of the authors' examples and explanations. As is, the book is a useful reference for researchers and practitioners already working in the field. A more clear presentation would lower the experience requirement and make its store of information available to students and non-specialists as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By carheg on August 9, 2008
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I read the first edition of that book and it is terrific. The second edition is much more adapted to current research. Statistical methods in NLP are more detailed and some syntax-based approaches are presented. My specific interest is in machine translation and dialogue systems. Both chapters are extensively rewritten and much more elaborated. I believe this book is perfect for everyone who starts in speech and language processing. With precision, coherent examples and some humor, this book give a great introduction into this topic as well as material for already experienced readers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A student on June 29, 2010
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I'm in middle of reading this book as an introduction to NLP without a teacher, and I find it very clear, easy to read, and informative. I can't say that I know it covers the field well because I don't know about the field, but it seems to me to be quite thorough. Definitely recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emre Sevinc on April 17, 2011
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This is one of the books that I consider as a starting point / reference whenever I need to deal with a practical natural language processing (NLP) problem. I also have Natural Language Processing with Python on my shelf and it's wonderful in terms of providing a practical start for nearly any NLP problem but when the need arises to cover more ground both in terms of theory and practical pitfalls then Jurafsky & Martin is my guide.

Natural language processing is a fast-moving target and it is impossible to know about the latest developments in the field without reading recent academic articles so nobody should expect to get the same information from this book, however mastering the concepts and algoritmhs in the book will provide the reader with the necessary background to understand state-of-the-art in NLP.

Most of the exercises are very interesting but I wish they had some kind of difficulty level indicated next to them. Another criticism would be that more information on practical implementation details of the algorithms could have been given but I believe these minor criticisms does not lead to a four star rating. It is a very difficult project to give a comprehensive overview of the whole NLP field and Jurafsky & Martin achieved that.
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