in reply to
How good is Perl for AI?
I am not sure what AI is -- or to say it in other
words -- whether something like AI really exists. Anyway
it seems much better to ask whether Perl is suitable for
a given task inside AI or NLP.
Okay, I have to admit I never have done AI, and if you
ask me I will tell you that I have no clue about AI, I am just
a dumb Natural Language Engineering specialist who
calls himself sometimes Computer Linguist or
Consulting Linguist .
And yes for my NLP work I almost exclusivly use Perl, because
its perfect for Data munging. While you will not write an
embedded speech recognition engine in Perl, more than 90%
of the actual work to produce such a beast can be done in
Perl. And its done in Perl.
For Corpus Linguistics -- very often an important
starting point for Natural Language Engineering -- Perl is
a pretty good tool, not only for prototyping.
Some lightweight parser you could realize in Perl as well,
but if you have large dictionaries etc. you probably will
need some XS or C programms for speed.