Natural language processing

What is Natural Language Processing?

Natural language processing (NLP) was developed in order to fill the gap between human communication and computer understanding. As a branch of artificial intelligence, NLP helps computers understand, interpret and manipulate human language.

The rapidly growing science draws from many disciplines, including computational linguistics, computer science and information engineering.

What is Natural language processing

Picture 1. Natural Language Processing – human communication

What is Natural Language Processing?

As a human, we may speak Spanish, French, Japanese or any other language. Machine language or machine code is the computer’s native language, hardly incomprehensible to most people.

For the most simple computer action, communication occurs not with words but through millions of zeros and ones.

70 years ago, when this science was emerging, programmers used punch cards to communicate with the first computer. Now, you can say ‘Alexa, turn on a radio’ and a device will follow.

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Natural language processing

Picture 2. Natural Language Processing

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Natural language processing was last modified: June 6th, 2019 by Nikolina Maškarić
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