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The Austin Python Meetup Monthly Meetup

For our Februrary meetup, we will have two presentations about Natural Language Processing in Python.

Megan Galloway, our first speaker, will give an overview of techniques in NLP and their practical applications. A handful of these include language modeling, machine learning, and information extraction. We will then deep dive into an example project that attempts to extract song topics based on raw user comments scraped from a forum. Megan is working towards a master's degree in Computational Linguistics. Her background is in boring Java software development, which is why she decided to pursue the shiny world of language processing. She currently works at CanWe Studios, building a user profile matching system.

Peter Wang will follow up with a small tutorial to NLTK, a popular Python library for Natural Language, including demonstrating output to GraphViz, d3, and other viz systems. We will have some time for Q&A and open discussion at the end of the meeting, and then move on to local bar for drinks and more banter.


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  • Manh L.

    Good introduction to Natural Language Tool Kit (NLTK). Good presentation on a school project which shared actual experiences from the author.

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have just touched a bit of the surface of the NLTK lib in python. With that said, can python NLTK do things like tell about who are the characters in a work of fiction? For instance you have play Hamlet. I would like to all the places were Hamlet shows up and in which act/scene does Hamlet appear with the Ghost. Also I am interested in creating concordances of fictional works. Is this functionality to be found in NLTK or is rather in something like Lucene/Solr and then NLTK uses those?

    1 · February 16, 2013

  • Peter W.

    OK everyone, here is the IPython notebook I was playing with:

    Please let me know if you have any questions or trouble with it. You can't get to the ngramcounts.pickle file itself, unless you create a account. If you create a Wakari account, though, you can just click the button in the upper right and you'll get the notebook and the .pickle file.

    February 15, 2013

  • Zak C.

    Peter, wanted to take a look at that NLTK code of yours, has it been posted yet? Thanks!

    1 · February 15, 2013

  • Russell D.

    great meeting!

    February 14, 2013

  • Scott B

    Peter, wanted to see this but couldn't make it. Will the presentation be posted? Thanks.

    February 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Same here. I will definitely make the next one though.

      February 13, 2013

  • Ravi S.

    It's serendipity that it's focused on NLP. Very excited about this :)

    February 8, 2013

  • Travis S.

    Amber, we're focusing on NLP. We have the talk description for one talk and are just tweaking a bit for the other talk. Hope to have the full descriptions up soon.

    February 8, 2013

  • Amber E.

    What are the topics going to be for this meeting? Thanks!

    1 · February 8, 2013

  • James

    Pending issues with the move

    February 2, 2013

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