Natural Language Processing

Apache OpenNLP – machine learning based toolkit

The Apache OpenNLP library is an open source machine learning based toolkit for the processing of natural language text.

It includes a sentence detector, a tokenizer, a name finder, a parts-of-speech (POS) tagger, a chunker, and a parser. It has proficient APIs that can be easily integrated with a Java program.

The goal of the OpenNLP project will be to create a mature toolkit. An additional goal is to provide a large number of pre-built models for a variety of languages, as well as the annotated text resources that those models are derived from.

Features include:

  • Tokenization. OpenNLP offers multiple tokenizer implementations:
    • Whitespace Tokenizer – A whitespace tokenizer, non whitespace sequences are identified as tokens.
    • Simple Tokenizer – A character class tokenizer, sequences of the same character class are tokens.
    • Learnable Tokenizer – A maximum entropy tokenizer, detects token boundaries based on probability model.
  • Sentence segmentation.
  • Part-of-speech tagging – marks tokens with their corresponding word type based on the token itself and the context of the token.
  • Named entity extraction – the Name Finder can detect named entities and numbers in text.
  • Chunking – consists of dividing a text in syntactically correlated parts of words, like noun groups, verb groups, but does not specify their internal structure, nor their role in the main sentence.
  • Parsing – offers two different parser implementations, the chunking parser and the treeinsert parser. OpenNLP has a command line tool which is used to train the models available from the model download page on various corpora.
  • Coreference resolution – links multiple mentions of an entity in a document together. The OpenNLP implementation is currently limited to noun phrase mentions, other mention types cannot be resolved.
  • Maximum entropy.
  • Perceptron based machine learning.

Support: Documentation, GitHub
Developer: The Apache Software Foundation
License: Apache License Version 2.0

Apache OpenNLP is written in Java. Learn Java with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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