Aylien Launches Text-Analysis API To Help Developers Extract Meaning From Documents


Working with text is often a messy business for programmers. While code has to be unambiguous, words tend to be anything but. Over the years, a number of companies like Alchemy and Thomson Reuters have launched services based on natural language processing (NLP) and machine-learning algorithms to help developers more easily extract meaning from documents. Now, Aylien is joining the fray with its own text-analysis API, the first in a series of developers services the company is working on.

The service was founded by Dublin, Ireland-based Parsa Ghaffari, with the backing of Chinaccelerator. Ghaffari told me that he first applied to the accelerator program with the idea for a product that used NLP to automatically pull up relevant data while you were writing about it. It turned out, though, that the underlying technology for this didn’t exist. He then set out to build the technology, and the result of…

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