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A Ruby gem for simple string tokenization, based on the method used by Google for their Google NGrams app (http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/)
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README.md

GTokenizer

GTokenizer recreates the closed-source tokenization library used by Google for their Google NGrams app (http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/), based on the information in the associated Science paper (http://www.sciencemag.org/content/suppl/2010/12/16/science.1199644.DC1/Michel.SOM.revision.2.pdf).

Installation

Install the gem via rubygems.

gem install gtokenizer

Usage

You can extract tokens from a string using the GTokenizer.parse method.

require 'gtokenizer'

#---

GTokenizer.parse("I saw the man with the telescope")
  #=> ["I", "saw", "the", "man", "with", "the", "telescope"]

How does the tokenizer work?

In general, 1 word = 1 token.

GTokenizer.parse("Hello world")
  #=> ["Hello", "world"]

Punctuation is usually tokenized seperately.

GTokenizer.parse("Hello world?")
  #=> ["Hello", "world", "?"]

Hyphenated words thus create three tokens.

GTokenizer.parse("Good-day world")
  #=> ["Good", "-", "day", "world"]

& and _ are not treated as seperate tokens.

GTokenizer.parse("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE AT&T")
  #=> ["HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE", "AT&T"]

Prices are treated as a single token.

GTokenizer.parse("$9.99")
  #=> ["$9.99"]

For a fuller understanding of the mechanics of the tokenizer, see the specs, or Google's detailed outline in Science (http://www.sciencemag.org/content/suppl/2010/12/16/science.1199644.DC1/Michel.SOM.revision.2.pdf).

License

GTokenizer is licensed under the MIT License:

Copyright (c) 2011 Alex Peattie (http://www.alexpeattie.com)

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy
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