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Advanced Natural Language Processing with TensorFlow 2

By : Ashish Bansal, Tony Mullen
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Advanced Natural Language Processing with TensorFlow 2

By: Ashish Bansal, Tony Mullen

Overview of this book

Recently, there have been tremendous advances in NLP, and we are now moving from research labs into practical applications. This book comes with a perfect blend of both the theoretical and practical aspects of trending and complex NLP techniques. The book is focused on innovative applications in the field of NLP, language generation, and dialogue systems. It helps you apply the concepts of pre-processing text using techniques such as tokenization, parts of speech tagging, and lemmatization using popular libraries such as Stanford NLP and SpaCy. You will build Named Entity Recognition (NER) from scratch using Conditional Random Fields and Viterbi Decoding on top of RNNs. The book covers key emerging areas such as generating text for use in sentence completion and text summarization, bridging images and text by generating captions for images, and managing dialogue aspects of chatbots. You will learn how to apply transfer learning and fine-tuning using TensorFlow 2. Further, it covers practical techniques that can simplify the labelling of textual data. The book also has a working code that is adaptable to your use cases for each tech piece. By the end of the book, you will have an advanced knowledge of the tools, techniques and deep learning architecture used to solve complex NLP problems.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
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GitHub location

The code for this book is located in the following public GitHub repository:

Please clone this repository to access all the code for the book. Please note that seminal papers for each of the chapters are included in the GitHub repository inside each chapter's directory.

Now, the common steps to set up the conda environment are explained below:

  • Step 1: Create a new conda environment with Python 3.7.5:
    $ conda create -n tf24nlp python==3.7.5

    The environment is named tf24nlp but feel free to use your own name and make sure you use that in the following steps. I like to prefix my environment names with the version of TensorFlow being used and I suffix a "g" if that environment has a GPU version of the library. As you can probably infer, we are going to use TensorFlow 2.4.

  • Step 2: Activate the environment and...