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From Girivaraprasad Nambari <girinamb...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Next cTAKES release (3.1)?
Date Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:32:51 GMT
+1 for this observation Andy!

Lowering time will motive users in writing blogs about features, how to,
etc., which reduces core team work load on documentation.

I have been trying to write a small "how to write standalone client for
ctakes" with my experience (I saw at least 4 users posted similar question
in last 2 months), but not getting enough time because ctakes depends on
lot of other frameworks (UimaFit, cleartk, UIMA Framework etc.,), most of
my spare time is being spent on juggling between these frameworks, posting
and browsing those forums, relating observations to ctakes code. I think we
need to have some high level documentation about these (with links to
corresponding forums).

Above case is for developers (I think this will be more user base as ctakes
progress), for users I think documentation is lot better though some
improvements need to be done.

As a developer I felt tough with lack of sample training data (I am still
struggling in this area even though I browsed all relevant code), though
training class are there. I understood that there are licensing issues with
REAL data, but at least some hand made example sentences, which may not be
real but helps developers in understanding the type/structure of input
TRAINING classes expecting. This way people who browse the code can reverse
engineer and develop their own models. Sorry if you guys feel this as
novice issue, but I feel most of the developers will be novice when they
adopt a system and Machine Learning/NLP is ocean. Some documentation in
this area will same lot of time for us.

I wish there will be some activity in this area from ctakes core team.

Thank you,

On Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 5:11 PM, Andy McMurry <mcmurry.andy@gmail.com>wrote:

> ctakes is at a point where we have a LOT of features but it is still hard
> to get started.
> Judging from the mailing lists a lot of how cTakes works is not obvious
> and requires hand holding.
> This is very typical in early FOSS projects.
> Lowering the time to get invested in ctakes gets more users AND better bug
> reports, FAQ, etc.
> thoughts?
> --Andy
> On Apr 11, 2013, at 8:55 PM, "Chen, Pei" <Pei.Chen@childrens.harvard.edu>
> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I just wanted to gauge the interest of creating the next release of
> cTAKES (3.1) which is currently marked for May in Jira-
> >
> > There have already been 22/53 issues [1] marked as fixed or closed.
>  Plenty of bug fixes and new components including:
> > - New CEM Instance Template population
> > - New Dependency Parser/Semantic Role Labeler
> > - New optional Clear POSTagger
> > - New regression testing component
> >
> > Should we wait for the Temporal component?
> >
> > [1]
> https://issues.apache.org/jira/issues/?jql=fixVersion%20%3D%20%223.1%22%20AND%20project%20%3D%20CTAKES
> >

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