[Haskell-cafe] can Haskell do everyting as we want?

Yitzchak Gale gale at sefer.org
Wed Aug 4 09:07:25 EDT 2010

Rogan Creswick wrote:
> Haskell has very limited support for high-level Natural Language
> Processing (tokenization, sentence splitting, Named-entity
> recognition, etc...).

Since the role of a general purpose language is relatively
new for Haskell, there are many areas where Haskell is still
an emerging language. So it is interesting that you say that
about NLP, where Haskell is not only quite mature, but
arguably the leading language today.

For example, the EU's huge Molto project http://molto-project.eu/,
which aims to provide automated real-time high-quality
translation of a wide class of documents between all
of the EU languages, is based on Haskell's GF

Coincidentally, just yesterday a company that markets
one of the top semantic NLP products contacted me.
They have decided to dump their entire Java code base,
using older technologies such as the ones you mentioned.
One of their leading candidates for a replacement language
is Haskell. They told me, "You see Haskell everywhere in
NLP these days."

See http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/Applications_and_libraries/Linguistics
for links about NLP work in Haskell. That is a huge wiki
page and hard to maintain, so some of the links are out of
date, but you get the idea.


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