Introductory Kindle books on Python’s NLTK

This blog summarizes the concise review on Kindle books. I’ll include excerpts of reviews by readers.

스크린샷 2016-03-24 오후 2.07.22
Python 3 Text Processing with NLTK 3 Cookbook
by Jacob Perkins, Aug 26, 2014
Paperback $40.49
Kindle Edition $16.54

My opinion
I’m iffy about buying this book because some reviewers recommend not to buy it. But when I skimmed through the sample book, it may be useful as a reference because it is a cookbook. So I’d delay the purchase until I can find the utility of this book. The length of the sample book is 74 pages out of 310 pages. So I’d study the sample book and see if I want to buy it.

In the sample book, the contents are presented in the following format: “Topic name”, (“Getting ready”), “How to do it…”, “How it works…”, “There’s more…”, “See also”. Examples of the “topic name” include “Creaint a part-of-speech tagged word corpus”, “Creating a chunked phrase corpus”, and so on.

This book, really, is  a cookbook. It clearly defines the topic and how to use the relevant NLTK commands, which is a plus. The explanation is so clearly separated that the context of the topics is lacking to me. This is a minus to me.

Selected reviews
2 starts out of 5
Maybe worth half the price (currenly $16.54)
By Scott Steele on December 3, 2014
I’m rating this book relative to “Natural Language Processing with Python” (2009) – which you can currently get for free at http://www.nltk.org/book_1ed/. Unfortunately, the 2ed of that book won’t be available until 2016.

This book pales in comparison in communication, content, and utility as it relates to both NLTK and Python (in general) – you don’t even get a table of contents.

=> It does have a table of contents, by the way.

스크린샷 2016-03-24 오후 1.53.17
NLTK Essentials
By Nitin Hardeniya, Jul 27, 2015
Kindle eBook | $14.59
Paperback | $29.99

I didn’t buy this book.
Reason: grammatical and code errors.

Selected reviews.
3 stars out of 5
SY Ku on September 3, 2015
This book does not provide as many code snippets as other NLTK books (Python 3 Text Processing with NLTK 3 Cookbook), and many of the snippets still need debugging or require more instructions to run. The writing style is conversational and informal, and could use an editor for better clarity and organization.

5 starts out of 5
By
KUMAR RAJ
on September 5, 2015
The Book is great for beginners who wants to learn natural language processing and text analytics. Concepts are explained very clearly and Python is being used to implement NLP models which made the book very easy to understand and will get you up and running with your NLP app development in no time.
By Matthew Bachtell on October 11, 2015

Grammatical and code errors abound. Someone new to NLTK would be better served with the outdated O’Reilly Whale book.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s