Computers and Language

Why NLP++ Is Different

My degree is in Linguistics.  I hung out with really amazing linguists for almost two years while getting my masters degree and know what an amazing thing human language was, is and will be.  Linguistics can be very complicated and linguists’ job is to make sense of it. Linguists are often confused with polyglots: those that can speak many languages.  In the modern era however, linguistics is not about that.  Rather, it’s about the “systems” that make up languages. Today’s linguists break up the world of language into sounds, words, phrases, sentences, semantics (meaning), and discourse (story).  They like levels — easy-to-understand […]

VisualText Addiction

It sounds like a marketing ploy or a big lie.  But the truth is, writing text analyzers using VisualText is addictive. Some say it’s the most fun you will ever have programming. After using VisualText for over a decade, I think I have some insight into this claim. Wikipedia defines addiction as: “…the continued repetition of a behavior despite adverse consequences,[1] or a neurological impairment leading to such behaviors.[2] Addictions can include, but are not limited to, drug abuse, exercise addiction, food addiction, computer addiction and gambling. Classic hallmarks of addiction include impaired control over substances or behavior, preoccupation with […]