Natural Language Processing with TensorFlow

Natural Language Processing with TensorFlow

Write modern natural language processing applications using deep learning algorithms and TensorFlow

About This Book

• Focuses on more efficient natural language processing using TensorFlow
• Covers NLP as a field in its own right to improve understanding for choosing TensorFlow tools and other deep learning approaches
• Provides choices for how to process and evaluate large unstructured text datasets
• Learn to apply the TensorFlow toolbox to specific tasks in the most interesting field in artificial intelligence

Who This Book Is For

This book is for Python developers with a strong interest in deep learning, who want to learn how to leverage TensorFlow to simplify NLP tasks. Fundamental Python skills are assumed, as well as some knowledge of machine learning and undergraduate-level calculus and linear algebra. No previous natural language processing experience required, although some background in NLP or computational linguistics will be helpful.

What You Will Learn

• Core concepts of NLP and various approaches to natural language processing
• How to solve NLP tasks by applying TensorFlow functions to create neural networks
• Strategies to process large amounts of data into word representations that can be used by deep learning applications
• Techniques for performing sentence classification and language generation using CNNs and RNNs
• About employing state-of-the art advanced RNNs, like long short-term memory, to solve complex text generation tasks
• How to write automatic translation programs and implement an actual neural machine translator from scratch
• The trends and innovations that are paving the future in NLP

In Detail

Natural language processing (NLP) supplies the majority of data available to deep learning applications, while TensorFlow is the most important deep learning framework currently available. Natural Language Processing with TensorFlow brings TensorFlow and NLP together to give you invaluable tools to work with the immense volume of unstructured data in today’s data streams, and apply these tools to specific NLP tasks.
Thushan Ganegedara starts by giving you a grounding in NLP and TensorFlow basics. You’ll then learn how to use Word2vec, including advanced extensions, to create word embeddings that turn sequences of words into vectors accessible to deep learning algorithms. Chapters on classical deep learning algorithms, like convolutional neural networks (CNN) and recurrent neural networks (RNN), demonstrate important NLP tasks as sentence classification and language generation. You will learn how to apply high-performance RNN models, like long short-term memory (LSTM) cells, to NLP tasks. You will also explore neural machine translation and implement a neural machine translator.
After reading this book, you will gain an understanding of NLP and you’ll have the skills to apply TensorFlow in deep learning NLP applications, and how to perform specific NLP tasks.

Style and approach

The book provides an emphasis on both the theory and practice of natural language processing. It introduces the reader to existing TensorFlow functions and explains how to apply them while writing NLP algorithms. The popular Word2vec method is used to teach the essential process of learning word representations. The book focuses on how to apply classical deep learning to NLP, as well as exploring cutting edge and emerging approaches. Specific examples are used to make the concepts and techniques concrete.

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