Sunday, August 30, 2009

I have been very busy

Since my last book was published early this summer, I have had a full consulting work load - something that I very much appreciate, given the economic situation in the USA. I am helping two people with their start ups, building a modeling language in Common Lisp, and will soon start helping another company with semantic indexing tasks. I like to work between 25 and 30 hours a week, and I am in that sweet spot.

On the educational front, I have just bought two books on subjects that I already know a lot about (Hadoop and Natural Language Processing (NLP)) but that I want to learn even more. Hadoop rocks, and I have been interested and working with NLP since 1984. I am enjoying working through both books.

Carol and I have been enjoying our summer in Sedona: hiking, kayaking, gardening, and cooking.

6 comments:

Emre Sevinc said...

And the books are...?

Mark Watson, author and consultant said...

Hello Emre,

The NLP book is "Natural Language Processing with Python". The coverage of theory is light but the NLTK project packages up all major corpuses, etc. and provides lots of useful utilities. This book serves as very good documentation for NLTK. Also, the book is a lot of fun to work through. I own most NLP related text books published in the last 20 years so I bought this book as an automatic purchase, and I am enjoying it.

The Hadoop book is "Hadoop: The Definitive Guide." I thought that my knowledge of Hadoop was very good, but I am learning a lot - a great reference.

Best regards,
Mark

Vahid said...

Good luck Mark !!

Emre Sevinc said...

Mark,

So I have guessed it right. Those are the books that are already in my Amazon.com shopping list. :) (BTW, I have also your "Common LISP Modules: Artificial Intelligence in the Era of Neural Networks and Chaos Theory" in the same list.)

Mark Watson, author and consultant said...

Hello Emre,

My book "Common LISP Modules: Artificial Intelligence in the Era of Neural Networks and Chaos Theory" was written 18 to 19 years ago - I suggest something more modern(*) :-)

(*) for free, the PDF download the latest edition of my Java AI book; for purchase, the Russell/Norvig book.

Michael H. said...

Sounds like a nice place to be, Mark. Congratulations!