Korean text tokenization using PyKoTokenizer - A model-based approach

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PyKoTokenizer is a deep learning (RNN) model-based word tokenizer for Korean language. We can use it to tokenize Korean text.

Segmentation of Korean Words

Written Korean texts do employ white space characters. However, more often than not, Korean words occur in a text concatenated immediately to adjacent words without an intervening space character. This low degree of separation of words from each other in writing is due somewhat to an abundance of what linguists call “endoclitics” in the language.

As the language has been subjected to principled and rigorous study for a few decades, the issue of which strings of sounds, or letters, are words and which are not, has been settled among a small group of selected linguists. This kind of advancement has not been propagated to the general public yet, and nlp engineers working on Korean cannot but make do with whatever inconsistent grammars they happen to have access to. Thus, a major source of difficulty in developing competent Korean text processors has been, and still is, the notion of a word as the smallest syntactic unit.

How to install

Before using this package please make sure you have the following dependencies installed in your system.

Use the following command to install the package:

pip install pykotokenizer

How to Use

We have two different version of tokenization methods in PyKoTokenizer - KoTokenizer and KoSpacing. Both of the tokenizers has over 95% accuracy. You can choose any of these two. But we suggest to do a manual validation of the accuracy on a sample data before use any of these methods at scale.

Using KoTokenizer

from pykotokenizer import KoTokenizer

tokenizer = KoTokenizer()

korean_text = "김형호영화시장분석가는'1987'의네이버영화정보네티즌10점평에서언급된단어들을지난해12월27일부터올해1월10일까지통계프로그램R과KoNLP패키지로텍스트마이닝하여분석했다."



"김 형호 영화 시장 분석가 는 ' 1987 ' 의 네이버 영화 정보 네티즌 10 점평 에서 언급 된 단어 들 을 지난 해 12 월 27 일 부터 올해 1 월 10 일 까지 통계 프로그램 R 과 KoNLP 패키지 로 텍스트 마이닝 하여 분석 했다 ."

Using KoSpacing

from pykotokenizer import KoSpacing

spacing = KoSpacing()

korean_text = "김형호영화시장분석가는'1987'의네이버영화정보네티즌10점평에서언급된단어들을지난해12월27일부터올해1월10일까지통계프로그램R과KoNLP패키지로텍스트마이닝하여분석했다."



"김형호 영화시장 분석가는 '1987'의 네이버 영화 정보 네티즌 10점 평에서 언급된 단어들을 지난해 12월 27일부터 올해 1월 10일까지 통계 프로그램 R과 KoNLP 패키지로 텍스트마이닝하여 분석했다."
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