In this course you will build MULTIPLE practical systems using natural language processing, or NLP – the branch of machine learning and data science that deals with text and speech. This course is not part of my deep learning series, so it doesn’t contain any hard math – just straight up coding in Python. All the materials for this course are FREE.
After a brief discussion about what NLP is and what it can do, we will begin building very useful stuff. The first thing we’ll build is a cipher decryption algorithm. These have applications in warfare and espionage. We will learn how to build and apply several useful NLP tools in this section, namely, character-level language models (using the Markov principle), and genetic algorithms.
The second project, where we begin to use more traditional “machine learning“, is to build a spam detector. You likely get very little spam these days, compared to say, the early 2000s, because of systems like these.
Next we’ll build a model for sentiment analysis in Python. This is something that allows us to assign a score to a block of text that tells us how positive or negative it is. People have used sentiment analysis on Twitter to predict the stock market.
We’ll go over some practical tools and techniques like the NLTK (natural language toolkit) library and latent semantic analysis or LSA.
Finally, we end the course by building an article spinner. This is a very hard problem and even the most popular products out there these days don’t get it right. These lectures are designed to just get you started and to give you ideas for how you might improve on them yourself. Once mastered, you can use it as an SEO, or search engine optimization tool. Internet marketers everywhere will love you if you can do this for them!
This course focuses on “how to build and understand“, not just “how to use”. Anyone can learn to use an API in 15 minutes after reading some documentation. It’s not about “remembering facts”, it’s about “seeing for yourself” via experimentation. It will teach you how to visualize what’s happening in the model internally. If you want more than just a superficial look at machine learning models, this course is for you.
“If you can’t implement it, you don’t understand it”
Or as the great physicist Richard Feynman said: “What I cannot create, I do not understand”.
My courses are the ONLY courses where you will learn how to implement machine learning algorithms from scratch
Other courses will teach you how to plug in your data into a library, but do you really need help with 3 lines of code?
After doing the same thing with 10 datasets, you realize you didn’t learn 10 things. You learned 1 thing, and just repeated the same 3 lines of code 10 times…
Python coding: if/else, loops, lists, dicts, sets
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Optional: If you want to understand the math parts, linear algebra and probability are helpful
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In addition to the word frequencies we looked at previously, this lecture looks at bag-of-words in general and different ways to implement that, including raw counts and binary indicator variables. We also briefly mention TF-IDF.
What is sentiment analysis? In this lecture we'll look at the data we'll be using to build our sentiment analysis tool, and talk about how we can manually pre-process the data so that we can plug it into a machine learning classifier.
In this lecture we'll write our sentiment analyzer in Python to predict sentiment on Amazon reviews.
How do we tag the tokens of a sentence by their parts-of-speech? i.e. Is this token a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, or something else?
How do we turn words into their "base form"? i.e. plural to singular
Can we also tag parts of a sentence as a "person", "organization", or "location"?
What is synonymy and polysemy and how can LSA / LSI help?
What is article spinning and how is it related to search engines, SEO (search engine optimization), and Internet marketing?
What will be our strategy for creating an article spinner? We'll create a trigram model.
Important NLP topics you should "know of" but that we didn't cover, and where you can learn more.