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From Grant Ingersoll <>
Subject Re: does anyone know of a 'smart' categorizing text pattern finder?
Date Wed, 27 Sep 2006 11:20:49 GMT
You might also look at some other NLP tools, such as OpenNLP which  
you can train for your collection, or if you are interested in  
buying, there are many products on the market that do similar things

On Sep 26, 2006, at 9:36 AM, Otis Gospodnetic wrote:

> Look at LingPipe from  Look at Named Entity extraction  
> and its classifiers.
> Otis
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Vladimir Olenin <>
> To:
> Sent: Monday, September 25, 2006 9:49:31 PM
> Subject: does anyone know of a 'smart' categorizing text pattern  
> finder?
> Hi,
> I wonder if anyone here knows if there is a 'smart' text pattern  
> finder, ideally written in Java. The library I'm looking for should  
> be able to 'guess' the category of the particular text on the page,  
> most probably by finding similarities between the bulk of the pages  
> and a set of templates.
> Eg, many forums are powered by phpbb, which structures 99% of the  
> pages (except for some title pages & user profile pages) in a very  
> similar fashion (page is broken into blocks, each block is broken  
> into further blocks, etc). By comparing many pages with each other  
> (eg, from the same domain root: it  
> should be possible to detect common ('template decorations') and  
> page specific (actual content, like 'user name' and 'posting body')  
> parts. After that it should further be possible, by comparing  
> 'template decorations' parts to a set of templates, to 'guess' the  
> nature of each of the 'page specific' block (eg, 'Vladimir Olenin'  
> in the left side column will be marked as 'name', while whatever is  
> adjucent to this column is the post body).
> So, I wonder if anyone knows of a package capable of such things.  
> Primary goal though is simplier: to be able to parse out just  
> posters' names from message boards. Though sometimes the 'block  
> category' can be derived from CSS class name of the tags around the  
> text, it's very often not the case.
> Might Nutch have similar functionality built into their crawler?
> Thanks.
> Vlad
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