This is actually a quiz. I found the following in a job post for an NLP engineer from a company that’s so far been rather shy on the hype surrounding NLP.
XXX is a provider of innovative software products for semantic search and text mining. Thanks to a great team, and sophisticated natural language processing technology, our software is acknowledged globally as the leader in its field, with a strong focus on the YYY and ZZZ industry.
I love marketing/sales talk. It’s like political speech in its combination of vagueness and grandiloquence.
Read the above passage and answer:
Question 1. The software in question is “acknowledged globally” by whom?
Question 2. How restrictive is “field”? Just the YYY and ZZZ industries or all of semantic search and text mining?
Putting yourself in the place of a consumer, answer:
Question 3. Does a “strong focus” on YYY and ZZZ put you off asking XXX to do ABC?
Question 4. What does “innovative” mean in this context? Provide a contrasting example of non-innovative text mining and semantic search.
Using your general world knowledge, answer the following:
Question 5. What is “semantic search” and “text mining”?
Question 6. Based on your answer to 5, who do you think is the leader in the field of “semantic search” and “text mining”?
Question 7. What counts as a “sophisticated” technology? What is the relevant comparison group?
Using web search, answer the following (to yourself, no spoilers right away, please):
Extra Credit. What are the values for XXX, YYY, and ZZZ?