Data Science: Natural Language Processing (NLP) in Python

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Language
English
Duration
10 hours course
Course by Udemy
What will you learn?
Write your own cipher decryption algorithm using genetic algorithms and language modeling with Markov models
Write your own spam detection code in Python
Write your own sentiment analysis code in Python
Perform latent semantic analysis or latent semantic indexing in Python
Have an idea of how to write your own article spinner in Python
About the course

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.

Suggested Prerequisites:

  • Python coding: if/else, loops, lists, dicts, sets
  • Take my free Numpy prerequisites course (it's FREE, no excuses!) to learn about Numpy, Matplotlib, Pandas, and Scikit-Learn, as well as Machine Learning basics
  • Optional: If you want to understand the math parts, linear algebra and probability are helpful

TIPS (for getting through the course):

  • Watch it at 2x.
  • Take handwritten notes. This will drastically increase your ability to retain the information.
  • Ask lots of questions on the discussion board. The more the better!
  • Realize that most exercises will take you days or weeks to complete.
  • Write code yourself, don't just sit there and look at my code.

WHAT ORDER SHOULD I TAKE YOUR COURSES IN?:

  • Check out the lecture "What order should I take your courses in?" (available in the Appendix of any of my courses, including the free Numpy course)

Program
Natural Language Processing - What is it used for?
Know about NLP applications and some tasks it performs.
Introduction and Outline
NLP Applications
NLP is very practical, so it's worth listing out what it is used for. Here we give brief overviews of things like spam detection, POS tagging, NER, sentiment analysis, machine translation, summarization, the Turing test, and more.
Why is NLP hard?
In this lecture some examples of ambiguity of language are given, to make it clear why NLP is not a straightforward problem.
The Central Message of this Course
Course Preparation
How to Succeed in this Course
Where to get the code and data
Do you need a review of machine learning?
Build your own spam detector
Build your own spam detector
Build your own spam detector - description of data
Build your own spam detector using Naive Bayes and AdaBoost - the code
Requirements
  • Install Python, it's free!
  • You should be at least somewhat comfortable writing Python code
  • Know how to install numerical libraries for Python such as Numpy, Scipy, Scikit-learn, Matplotlib, and BeautifulSoup
  • Take my free Numpy prerequisites course (it's FREE, no excuses!) to learn about Numpy, Matplotlib, Pandas, and Scikit-Learn, as well as Machine Learning basics
  • Optional: If you want to understand the math parts, linear algebra and probability are helpful
Lecturers
Lazy Programmer Inc.
Lazy Programmer Inc.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning engineer
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