The Fifth Elephant 2016

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Lessons Learned : Real-life NLP


Martin Andrews


Building a practical Natural Language Processing system goes far beyond installing an open source toolkit. I will give an overview of some of the components required, and obstacles that have to be overcome for a system that extracts entities and relationships from full-text documents.


  • Description of the real-life problem, and the ‘theoretical approach’
  • Theory vs Practice - when the 80/20 rule doesn’t work
  • Getting a feel for Machine Learning in practice (and saving the day?)



Speaker bio

Martin has a PhD in Machine Learning, and has been an Open Source developer since 1999. After a career in finance (based in London and New York), he decided to follow his original passion, and now works on Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence full-time.