pfp is a pretty fast statistical parser for probabilistic context free grammars. pfp uses the exhaustive CYK algorithm found in the Stanford NLP parser (and gratefully uses its trained grammar), but boasts the following improvements:
- 3-4x faster than the Stanford parser
- Uses 5-8x less resident memory
- Python bindings
- Lightweight threadpool http server
- Command-line client
The following works on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
sudo apt-get install -y git-core cmake build-essential libboost-all-dev python-dev git clone http://github.com/wavii/pfp.git && cd pfp cmake . make ./test && sudo make install
To install the python library:
sudo python setup.py install
If you are running OS X using Homebrew you may need to first get your dependencies in order:
brew install icu4c boost boost-jam brew link icu4c --force
Parse times and maximum memory usage were recorded on a c1.medium Amazon EC2 instance. pfp is compared to Stanford Parser version 1.6.3 running on sun-java6.
Sentence Length Stanford (avg ms) pfp (avg ms) Stanford (res mb) pfp (res mb) 0-9 21.0407725322 5.12853470437 83 10 10-19 104.675603217 34.9076086957 83 14 20-29 363.596421471 124.78 105 21 30-39 830.084942085 320.664122137 150 30 40-45 1607.43820225 542.533333333 150 35
pfpc is a command-line client that reads from
stdin and writes parses to
$ echo "I love monkeys." | pfpc 2>/dev/null (ROOT (S (NP (PRP I)) (VP (VBP love) (NP (NNS monkeys))) (. .)) )
pfpd is a threadpool web server that wraps pfp:
$ pfpd localhost 8080 2>/dev/null &  3600 $ curl http://localhost:8080/parse/I+love+monkeys. (ROOT (S (NP (PRP I)) (VP (VBP love) (NP (NNS monkeys))) (. .)) )
pypfp are python bindings for pfp:
$ python >>> import pfp >>> pfp.Parser().parse("I love monkeys.") '(ROOT (S (NP (PRP I)) (VP (VBP love) (NP (NNS monkeys))) (. .)) )'
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