May 26, 2007

Natural Language Toolkit

I have just seen an announcement for the latest version of the Natural Language Toolkit. This is an excellent example of a useful open source software project and, as the announcement says:
It comes with 50k lines of code, 300Mb of datasets, and a 360 page book which teaches both Python and Natural Language Processing. NLTK has been adopted in at least 40 university courses. NLTK is hosted on sourceforge, and is ranked in the top 200 projects.
With this kind of software available for download, there will be many more unsuspecting Python users. The really nice thing, of course, is that the users aren't interested in using a particular language, they are interested in solving problems in a specific domain. The fact that Python lets them do this is a testament to its usefulness.

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