> NLP is primarily a branch of engineering. The challenge for
> an engineer is not to get a better score on some "metric", but
> to solve a client's problem within the constraints of budgets,
> deadlines, and available resources.
I think this is very true. Some of the most successful NLP companies use quite simple techniques under the hood. Rule-based approaches (if well designed and modular) are popular with clients as they are easily understood and can be rapidly customised for a specific domain.
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