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Practical Text Mining with Perl: Good/Bad?

by PetaMem (Priest)
on Aug 05, 2008 at 06:28 UTC ( #702232=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
PetaMem has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Dear Monks,

Amazon informed me today about a new book I might be interested in: Practical Text Mining with Perl from Roger Bilisoly. This book shall be available August 18th.

Now I haven't been able to find any sample chapter or at least some code examples from the book and am hesitant to buy it. The table of contents looks 70% promising, but paying 60+ eurobucks just to see some regex-kludges is a big fear-factor here. There is a bilisoly here at the monastery, but seems to be just lurking.

Has anyone here seen this manuscript? If so - what's it like? Is it worth "it" (money, time, ...)?

    All Perl:   MT, NLP, NLU

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Re: Practical Text Mining with Perl: Good/Bad?
by Burak (Chaplain) on Aug 05, 2008 at 07:58 UTC
    From the book site:
    Perl, an open-source programming tool that is freely available via the Internet (
Re: Practical Text Mining with Perl: Good/Bad?
by Anonymous Monk on Aug 05, 2008 at 08:29 UTC
    From the description:
    Practical Text Mining with Perl is ideal as a textbook for undergradua +te and graduate courses in text mining and as a reference for a varie +ty of professionals who are interested in extracting information from + text documents.

    Looks like a book for beginners.

Re: Practical Text Mining with Perl: Good/Bad?
by tomfahle (Priest) on Nov 19, 2008 at 10:57 UTC


    Practical Text Mining with Perl is a book for beginners in Perl, beginners in GNU-R and beginners in Text-Mining.

    Some details

    From the foreword of the book (page xvii):

    "This book introduces the basic ideas of text mining, which is a group of techniques that extracts useful information from one or more texts. This is a practical book, one that focuses on applications and examples. Although some statistics and mathematics is required, it is kept to a minimum, and what is used is explained."

    Throughout the book Perl is chained to GNU-R:

    Perl is used to extract data. R does the math (even if it could be done easily in Perl) and plots the graphics.

    There are a lot of code examples throughout the book. Everthing is explained in layman's terms.

    use strict; and use warnings; are never used.

    The book covers the following CPAN-Modules:

    Hope this helps.


      Dr. Bilisoly, is a professor at CCSU and teaches text mining in the data mining program.
Re: Practical Text Mining with Perl: Good/Bad?
by jakeease (Friar) on Mar 05, 2013 at 22:29 UTC

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