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Taming Text


Taming Text is a hands-on, example-driven guide to working with unstructured text in the context of real-world applications. This book explores how to automatically organize text using approaches such as full-text search, proper name recognition, clustering, tagging, information extraction, and summarization. The book guides you through examples illustrating each of these topics, as well as the foundations upon which they are built.

There is so much text in our lives, we are practically drowning in it. Fortunately, there are innovative tools and techniques for managing unstructured information that can throw the smart developer a much-needed lifeline. You’ll find them in this book.

Taming Text is a practical, example-driven guide to working with text in real applications. This book introduces you to useful techniques like full-text search, proper name recognition, clustering, tagging, information extraction, and summarization. You’ll explore real use cases as you systematically absorb the foundations upon which they are built.

Written in a clear and concise style, this book avoids jargon, explaining the subject in terms you can understand without a background in statistics or natural language processing. Examples are in Java, but the concepts can be applied in any language.

What’s Inside

  • When to use text-taming techniques
  • Important open-source libraries like Solr and Mahout
  • How to build text-processing applications

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Getting started taming text
Chapter 2. Foundations of taming text
Chapter 3. Searching
Chapter 4. Fuzzy string matching
Chapter 5. Identifying people, places, and things
Chapter 6. Clustering text
Chapter 7. Classification, categorization, and tagging
Chapter 8. Building an example question answering system
Chapter 9. Untamed text: exploring the next frontier

Book Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications (January 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193398838X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933988382
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