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The previous best book on NLP was James Allen's (1995), which was considered ambitious at the time because it covered syntax, semantics and some pragmatics. But Martin and Jurafsky is far more ambitious, because it covers speech recognition as well, and has far expanded coverage of language generation and translation. It also covers the great advances in statistical techniques that have marked the last decade. It is a beautiful synthesis that will reward the experienced expert in the field with new insights and new connections in the form of historical notes that are not well known. And it is well-written and clear enough that even the beginning student can follow it through. Before this book, you would have had to read Allen's book, Charniak's short book on statistical NLP, something on speech recognition, and something else on generation and translation. Like squeezing clowns into a circus car, Jurafsky and Martin somehow, improbably, manage to squeeze this all into one book, but in a way that is elegant and holds together perfectly; not at all the hodge-podge that one might expect. I expect that this book will be seen as one of the landmarks that pushes the field forward. It's worth comparing this book to the other recent NLP text: Manning and Shutze. Jurafsky and Martin cover much more ground, including many aspects that are ignored by Manning and Schutze. So if you want a general overview of natural language, if you want to know about the syntax of English, or the intricacies of dialog, if you are teaching or taking a general NLP course, then Jurafsky and Martin is the one for you. But if your needs are more focused on the algorithms for lower-level text processing with statistical techniques, or if you want to build a specific practical application, then Manning and Schutze is far more comprehensive and likely to have your answer. If you're a serious student or professional in NLP, you just have to have both.  

Review: Speech and Language Processing

User Review  - Joecolelife - Goodreads

This book is a feat for anybody interested in Natural Language Processing and probably the most comprehensive book on this subject. It provides an in-depth overview of the most important aspects of ... Read full review

Review: Speech and Language Processing: An Introduction to Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics and Speech Recognition

User Review  - Carl-Erik Kopseng - Goodreads

One of the better computer science titles I have read. Comprehensive and contains enough info on everything to give you a good basic understanding. As little bit of math is required for understanding, but it is a science book after all :-) Read full review

Review: Speech and Language Processing: An Introduction to Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics and Speech Recognition

User Review  - Mayuri - Goodreads

nice book Read full review

Review: Speech and Language Processing: An Introduction to Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics and Speech Recognition

User Review  - Tarek Amr - Goodreads

I am in love with this book. Best for NLP Read full review

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

This and Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing by Manning and Schutze are the two big introductory texts in natural language processing. I prefer the Jurafsky book; it goes into more ... Read full review

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User Review  - Leif - Goodreads

Ehh, I liked the Manning and Schuetze book better. Read full review

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User Review  - Mason - Goodreads

this book is good. the authors occasionally ramble about simultaneous discovery in science, which i didn't find interesting, but that stuff is infrequent and easily ignored. overall, it's awesome. Read full review

Review: Speech and Language Processing: An Introduction to Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics and Speech Recognition

User Review  - Erin - Goodreads

This is a good introduction to all the major topics of computational linguistics, which includes automatic speech recognition and processing, machine translation, information extraction, and statistical methods of linguistic analysis, among other things. Read full review

Review: Speech and Language Processing: An Introduction to Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics and Speech Recognition

User Review  - Bill - Goodreads

Highlights of this book are a good intuitive description of smoothing and an excellent exposition on the Early parser...This book and Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing by ... Read full review


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