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Natural Language Processing (NLP)

Last updated: June 21, 2021

What Does Natural Language Processing (NLP) Mean?

Natural language processing (NLP) is the ability of a computer program to understand spoken and written human language. NLP plays an important role in artificial intelligence (AI) chat programs that respond to spoken commands or translate text from one language to another.

NLP programming automates the translation process between computers and humans by manipulating unstructured data (words) in the context of a specific task (conversation). An important goal of NLP is to help the computer to comprehend the intent -- as well as the meaning -- of a human being's written or spoken words.

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Techopedia Explains Natural Language Processing (NLP)

Traditionally, feeding statistics and models have been the method of choice for interpreting phrases. Recent advances in this area include voice recognition software, human language translation, information retrieval and artificial intelligence. There is difficulty in developing human language translation software because language is constantly changing. Natural language processing is also being developed to create human readable text and to translate between one human language and another. The ultimate goal of NLP is to build software that will analyze, understand and generate human languages naturally, enabling communication with a computer as if it were a human.

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