Word of the Week – Entity Extraction

In Natural Language Processing (our course on the subject starts Jan 15), entity extraction is the process of labeling chunks of text as entities (e.g. people or organizations).  Consider this phrase from the blog on close elections linked above:   “the tie was not between Jefferson…

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How Much Power Do Voters Have?

The recent U.S. election was one of the most controversial and closest ever, and turnout percentage may be the highest in a century. Still, 37% of the voting age population did not vote. The traditional explanation for why people don’t vote is that they feel…

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