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README
pymmseg-cpp
    by pluskid & kronuz
    http://github.com/pluskid/pymmseg-cpp

== DESCRIPTION:

pymmseg-cpp is a Python interface to rmmseg-cpp. rmmseg-cpp is a high
performance Chinese word segmentation utility for Ruby. However, the
core part is written in C++ independent of Ruby. So I decide to write
a Python interface for it in order to use it in my Python project.

== FEATURES:

* Runs fast and the memory consumption is small.

* Support user customized dictionaries.

* UTF-8 and Unicode encoding is supported.

== SYNOPSIS:

=== A simple script

pymmseg-cpp provides a simple script (bin/pymmseg), which can read the
text from standard input and print the segmented result to standard
output. Try pymmseg -h for help on the options.

=== As a Python module

To use pymmseg-cpp in normal Python program, first import the module and
init by loading the dictionaries:

  from pymmseg import mmseg

  mmseg.Dictionary.load_dictionaries()

If you want to load your own customized dictionaries, please customize
``mmseg.Dictionary.dictionaries`` before calling load_dictionaries.

Then create an Algorithm iterable object and iterate through it:

  algor = mmseg.Algorithm(text)
  for tok in algor:
      print '%s [%d..%d]' % (tok.text, tok.start, tok.end)

=== Customize the dictionary

You can also load your own character dictionary or word dictionary in the
following way:

  from pymmseg import mmseg

  mmseg.dict_load_words('customize_words.dic')
  mmseg.dict_load_chars('customize_chars.dic')

==== Format for chars.dic

* each line contains the freq of the character, a space, and then the character

==== Format for words.dic

* each line contains the length of the word, a space, and then the word

==== WARNING

* The length of the word means number of characters in the word, not number of bytes
* The format of words.dic is different from chars.dic, see above
* There should be a newline at the end of all the dict file

== REQUIREMENTS:

* python 2.5
* g++

== INSTALLATION:

pymmseg-cpp should be installed using pip or setuptools:

  pip install pymmseg-cpp

  easy_install pymmseg-cpp

Download the package at
http://code.google.com/p/pymmseg-cpp/downloads/list. If you download
the source tarball, you'll need to compile it by using:

  python setup.py build

if you download the pre-compiled version, this step can be skipped.
Then copy the pymmseg directory to your Python's package path. e.g.
/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/ . Now you can use pymmseg in your
application.

== CONTRIBUTIONS:

Python native extension code contributed by German M. Bravo (Kronuz)
for a ~400% performance boost under Python.

== LICENSE:

(The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2012

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining
a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the
'Software'), to deal in the Software without restriction, including
without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish,
distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to
permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to
the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be
included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED 'AS IS', WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND,
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MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT.
IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY
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