Fun with Language
Am I fluent in English?

NLP Fun

Ever wondered how you would know when you are fluent in a foreign language? 


Since a few days, I know I’m fluent in English.

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Fun with Language
Versions of German

NLP Fun

Ever wondered why German speaking people do not understand each other?

You can compare this issue to the difference between British English and American English - just worse, because usually neither part of the conversation knows about the issue and both think they are speaking «proper» German.

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Fun with Language
Paprika vs Peperoni

NLP Fun

Today, I want to tell you how difficult it can be to order food. "Paprika" and "Peperoni" have reversed meanings if you cross the border between Switzerland and Germany.

I didn’t know about the difference until I was in my twenties and had always awk-ward conversations while ordering food.

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Fun with Language
Urinsekten

NLP Fun

«Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache» 

German language is a difficult language.

 

Yes, German is difficult and a lot of fun! 

Today, I want to share how "Urinsekten" can refer either to two or six leg creatures and/or something normal or gross, depending on how you read it.

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Balzano Informatik AG
Speech to Text

NLP Work

I was asked to write some general blog posts about different NLP topics. This is the third one:

 

An overview how machines are translating human speech into written text.

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Balzano Informatik AG
Natural Language Interface for DB

NLP Work

I was asked to write some general blog posts about different NLP topics. This is the second one:

 

A non-technical explanation why we would love to have natural language interfaces for databases,

and why we are not there yet.

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Balzano Informatik AG
Machine Translation

NLP Work

I was asked to write some general blog posts about different NLP topics. This is the first one:

 

Why it is important to have a customized model if you are using machine translation in your company.

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Balzano Informatik AG
A small change for a word, but
a big change for the lemmatizer

NLP Work

During my studies I was told that a good lemmatizer uses PoS tags (and vica versa). A few weeks ago, I saw first hand what the impact is if the lemmatizer does not use PoS-tags in German.


Because it was a quite interesting finding, I wrote a blog post about it!

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Balzano Informatik AG
Can you shorten everything?

NLP Work

Finally, a new NLP blog post!

 

This time I wrote about the challenges of lists of compositions: a great invention to shorten your lists, but really painful during automated analysis.

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Balzano Informatik AG
Can you come up with another one?

NLP Work

I always thought that medical reports have a clear language and use certain, highly specific terms.


Now that I work with radiology reports, I’m amazed with the creativity used to describe a single pathology.

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Balzano Informatik AG
The more the merrier!

NLP Work

I started working with radiology reports at Balzano Informatik AG.


I wrote my first NLP blog post where I explain what our task is and which challenges we will have to solve.

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