Perf tips for using the N-Gram service with WCF

The support in Visual Studio for WCF makes writing a SOAP/XML application for the Web N-Gram service a pretty straightforward process.  If you’re new to this, the Quick Start guide might be helpful to you.  There are a few tweaks you can make, however, to improve the performance of your application if you intend to…

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Wordbreakingisacinchwithdata

For the task of word-breaking, many different approaches exist.  Today we’re writing about a purely data-driven approach, and it’s actually quite straightforward — all we do is a consider every character boundary as a potential for a word boundary, and compare the relative joint probabilities, with no insertion penalty applied.  A data-driven approach is great…

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Who doesn't like models?

If there ever was an overloaded term in Computer Science, it’s models.  For instance, my colleagues in the eXtreme Computing Group have this terrific ambition to model the entire world!  What we’re talking about here is much simpler: it is a representation of a particular corpus. One of the key insights in studying how documents…

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