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A.R. Rahman and Dileep Kumar, ramblings

The country is celebrating the Oscar victory of our musical hero A.R. Rahman, who wrote a pretty average (by Rahman's own standards) score for the film Slumdog Millionare. (For a better example of his work, listen to his song Urvashi.) I'm not even going to bother with linking to IMDB for the movie because everyone knows it so well. Danny Boyle did a good job, but I couldn't watch more than 15 minutes of it because it seemed very predictable to me after that point. His other work, Trainspotting, is one of my all time favorite movies and I even had a poster of it on my wall for a year. I won't give any opinions on Slumdog because anything I say will probably have been said before. But, I would like to point out a little interesting, perhaps a little ironic fact I found out about Mr. Rahman.

Natural Language Processing in PHP

Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (M.L., not to be confused with the programming language) tools available today can be a uniquely useful aid in understanding text automatically and organizing it for faster human processing. (See http://alias-i.com/lingpipe/web/demos.html). PHP is the most widely deployed programming language on websites, and Websites are the most commonly used medium for accessing current information. It begs the question, then, where are the NLP and M.L. tools for use in PHP?

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