NLP Resources for Ruby
by Jason Adams
Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 05:39 AM EDT
There are quite a few well-known libraries for doing various NLP tasks in Java and Python, such as the Stanford Parser (Java) and the Natural Language Toolkit (Python). For Ruby, there are a few resources out there, but they are usually derivative or not as mature. By derivative, I mean they are ports from other languages or extensions using code from another language. And Iâ€™m responsible for two of them! :)
There are also a number of fledgling or orphaned projects out there purporting to be ports or interfaces for various other libraries like Stanford POS Tagger and Named Entity Recognizer. Ruby (straight Ruby, not just JRuby) can interface just about any Java library using the Ruby Java Bridge (RJB). RJB can be a pain, and I could only initialize it once per run (a second attempt never succeeds), so there are some limitations. But using it, I was able to easily interface with the Stanford POS tagger.
So while there arenâ€™t terribly many libraries for NLP tasks in Ruby, the availability of interfacing with Java directly widens the scope quite a bit. You can also incorporate a c library using extensions.
Naturally, if I missed anything, no matter how small, please let me know.
This article originally appeared on The Mendicant Bug.