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Jerid Francom

Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics
Romance Languages
Wake Forest University

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I’ve found myself being drawn into Python recently. First, with what seems to be an experimental software dream, IBEX, and now I’ve returned to take a look at the Natural Language ToolKit (NLTK). Both are Python-based and both underline the wide support that Python is getting in language research.

I’ve just completed the NLTK install, including some of the optional packages. It took a little poking around on the net to find the right process to get things up and running on my system: OSX 10.7.2 MacBook Air.

If you are an academic it’s much easier, here’s what I did:

  1. Get a worthy Python instance: download Enthought Python by adding your .edu email address here. Once downloaded follow the installer instructions.

  2. Get the latest versions of the following NLTK packages: PyYAML and NLTK Note: pick up the source code, when I downloaded the .dmg package Enthought could not find the NLTK package.

  3. Install PyYAML. Extract the compressed file, start up Terminal and cd into the PyYAML directory. Then run:

sudo python setup.py install

  1. Install NLTK. Extract the compressed file, start up Terminal and cd into the NLTK directory. Then run:

sudo python setup.py install