MSc, Hertie School of Governance, 2019
Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a key technology of the information age. Understanding language is also a crucial part of artificial intelligence. Applications of NLP are everywhere because people and institutions largely communicate in language. We encounter NLP every day from web search, emails and customer service to party manifestos and automation of legal and public services. We also observe NLP used to weaponize social media for electoral interference. There are a large variety of underlying machine learning models behind NLP applications.