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If Language to you means more than “English”, read this!

There is an old joke in the linguistic community that someone who speaks multiple languages is a polyglot, and someone who speaks two languages is bi-lingual, and someone who speaks only one language is an American.  If, as a developer, you are not already writing apps for a wide community of different language speakers, then you are cheating yourself out of a bigger piece of the pie.  Sure, your client may want to know how the English speaking public likes his restaurants, but since they are in South Florida, don’t you think you need to cover Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese as well?

According to the 2011 US Census, closely behind English as the main language in the household are Spanish and Spanish Creole, and then French, German, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Tagalog all top one million speakers as their primary language in the US household.

The state of the art for analytics and linguistic APIs, once you get beyond US English, tend to be vertical collections of words that can be picked out programmatically.  A decidedly poor way of handling a language.  Perhaps you should ask your language technology vendor if they can also do complete sentence evaluations, like they are hopefully doing with English.

Lots of Choices

There are certainly lots of choices when, as a developer, you realize that you need to parse and understand content coming into your applications, regardless of what language it  is.  Or, if you are searching large amounts of data, how will you know if the word “media” in the corpus, is the Spanish word for “average”, or the English shorthand for the “mass media”.  How can anyone disambiguate that without full sentence understanding?  The short answer is that they can’t.

The Best Engine

As much as machine translation is blasted (think Google Translate) for its poor translation results, a full sentence linguistics-based engine is actually the best engine for sentiment analysis, entity extraction, summarization, and much more, on the linguistic analytics and linguistic NLP playing field.  LinguaSys has developed a proprietary, semantic based human language understanding engine called Carabao, which brings the best attributes to the linguistic API marketplace.  Originally designed for machine translation, with its unique architecture of having a totally language independent engine and robust language models, it quickly became evident that much value to the developer community would be the ability to integrate language in the development process without the need for linguistic education.  The ability to isolate and manage the “understanding” process required in semantic MT meant that all of the puzzle pieces were there to do a whole host of difficult linguistic maneuvers.   Things like Sentiment analysis, Entity extraction, Lemmatisation, Stemming, PoS tagging (more accurately, grammatical property tagging), Segmentation, Word sense disambiguation, and Domain extraction were easy to implement across all languages with equal quality.  Additional benefits, such as Crosslingual retrieval helper methods, Semantically-aware automatic translation, Anaphora resolution, and Quotation extraction and attribution, just to name a few extras, and, again, in all supported languages, brings a level of NLP APIs to the developer that is hard to match in the industry.

The Future is Now

Today, these linguistic APIs are available under the LinguaSys product named GlobalNLP, so named to emphasize that there is much to business beyond just English.  Today (as of this writing) GlobalNLP supports 20 languages, and there are more planned for each quarter.  An investment in GlobalNLP is a lot more than a temporary fix for an existing linguistic need.  An investment in GlobalNLP is an investment in a proven framework, a proven technology, that is future proof and will only get better with age.  An investment in GlobalNLP is a recognition by developers and their companies that language matters, even when its not English.  GlobalNLP can be found at

LinguaSys Launches API Portal for Natural Language Processing Platform GlobalNLP

Opus Research

on October 21, 2014

Today, LinguaSys is announcing availability of its GlobalNLP platform at the new LinguaSys API portal. Cool technology and a cool way to get it.

LinguaSys is at the forefront of using a low-touch distribution models designed to reach developers faster, scale more efficiently and deliver business results faster. GlobalNLP offers simple monthly pricing, setup and purchasing via the LinguaSys portal.

The unveiling of the API portal is targeted to the many prospective developers who are building semantic-based understanding solutions in Asian countries. The low-touch model provides an effective and efficient way for developers to access the LinguaSys API set and begin to develop quickly.

Pricing is designed to meet the needs of developers consistent with the development lifecycle beginning at development through production. There are four options developers can choose from a site:

1. Free – Up to 20 API calls a minute, and up to 500 calls a month.
2. Development – Unlimited calls per minute, and up to 5,000 calls per week
3. Production – Use unlimited calls per minute, and up to 100,000 calls per week.
4. Customized – For unique implementations

LinguaSys GlobalNLP enables software developers to understand and extract meaning from unstructured or conversational text across languages. LinguaSys supports sematic meaning across 18 languages, including many Asian languages.

LinguaSys launching GlobalNLP API for natural language processing in the cloud


Patricio Robles

Oct. 20 2014, 06:30PM EDT

Human language technology company LinguaSys is this week launching an API offering that allows developers to use its GlobalNLP natural language processing software in the cloud.

Using the GlobalNLP API, developers can access a suite of core natural language processing offerings that include: concept tagging, domain detection, keyword extraction, language detection, lemmatization, morphology, part of speech tagging, relation extraction, sentiment analysis and transliteration. The API supports more than 20 languages, including Asian and Middle Eastern languages, which the company notes are more challenging to deal with.

According to LinguaSys CEO Brian Garr, “GlobalNLP creates opportunities for developers to access hereto unavailable, or highly expensive linguistic capabilities, such as anaphora resolution, or something as simple, but complex, as tokenization for Asian languages without spaces or punctuation.”

Garr says that the GlobalNLP API, which is based on LinguaSys’ proprietary Carabao Linguistic Virtual Machine, is differentiated in a number of ways from other natural language processing solutions it competes against. For instance, “we do all linguistic determinations in the source language, using a large vocabulary, full sentence semantic model. We don’t ‘hunt for words’, we actually understand the whole utterance,” he stated.

For developers needing access to higher level natural language processing solution, LinguaSys is also offering an API for its StoryMapper solution. As Garr explained to me, “Story Mapper turns content, such as news stories, into highly tagged XML output, including the general theme of the story, was it positive or negative, what were the major entities and who said what about them. This does in minutes what it used to take people hours to do.”

LinguaSys’ API portal contains documentation for both APIs and contains code samples for a variety of languages, including JavaScript, C#, Python, PHP, Java and Ruby. The company is encouraging developers to test its APIs by offering a free tier that includes 500 API calls a month. Paid packages offer up to 5,000 calls per week or 100,000 calls per week for $99 per month and $1,499 per month, respectively. For companies with greater needs, LinguaSys can quote a custom package.

Betting on APIs

The market for natural language processing technology has grown rapidly as companies grapple with making sense of all the big data they’re generating and have access to. From social media to public data sets, there is no shortage of opportunities to turn raw, semi-structured information into actionable intelligence and numerous companies are offering natural language processing APIs to take advantage of those opportunities.

Given the demand for natural language processing technology, Garr expects his new API to be a crucial part of his company’s business going forward. “We think the future for our business is in highly available, highly affordable, highly accurate APIs to handle a multitude of language related business problems,” he told me.

With that in mind, Garr revealed that LinguaSys is working to make its multilingual natural language understanding technology available as an API.

LinguaSys Launches “GlobalNLP” Natural Language Processing API Portal for Developers – Unique Semantic Network Based NLP Technology Now Available for Free Testing

BOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–October 21, 2014

LinguaSys has created a new Application Programming Interface (API) portal, GlobalNLP™, to reach the flourishing global developer population building Natural Language Processing applications with their own business logic. GlobalNLP™ enables software developers to understand and extract meaning from unstructured or conversational text across languages.

LinguaSys provides deep understanding of the meaning of textual human dialogue better than anyone. We offer broad language support in over 20 languages, including the more challenging Asian and Middle Eastern languages, the most high quality semantic collection in the industry.

Compared to the competition, LinguaSys offers fully customizable language models, attribute tags, concept tagging, domain detection, full semantic network, hyponyms, hypernyms, synonyms, keyword extraction, language detection, lemmatization, morphology, parsing, part of speech tagging, relation extraction, sentiment analysis, translation, transliteration, crosslingual retrieval, anaphora resolution, and natural language interfaces.

GlobalNLP™ offers simple monthly pricing, setup and purchasing via the Web, providing services to developers via RESTful Cloud-based API connectivity. You can get up to 20 API calls a minute, and up to 500 API calls a month – free – to test our depth of knowledge in languages and see how LinguaSys Natural Language Processing adds value to your solutions. Or, use unlimited calls per minute, and up to 5,000 calls per week to get your coolest applications through the QA phase and ready for production for $99 per month. Go to to see our other development, production and customized offerings.

“We want to enable not only developers in the Americas, but also all over Europe, the Middle East and Asia, with this new semantic technology that has received rave reviews from users of the current standards in linguistic APIs,” said Brian Garr, CEO of LinguaSys. “We want to give programmers all over the world new tools to help them elevate their game in producing best of breed applications.”

In addition, as part of the free offering (the first 500 API calls per month are free), LinguaSys is making Story Mapper™ available on GlobalNLP™. Story Mapper™ provides insights to media intelligence companies, analyzing large volumes of unstructured text in native languages, then categorizing and summarizing the data. Story Mapper™ lets you search big data, social media, news feeds and other digital text for content, sentiment, names, quotations and relationships, extracting facts, topics, events, assessing tone and determining prominence, relevance and the dependence of entities in multiple original languages.

LinguaSys is expecting a large volume of their new business for GlobalNLP™ to come from the Asian and American markets, where the growth of developers is double digit. GlobalNLP™ is now available on the IBM Cloud Marketplace at!overview

About LinguaSys, Inc.

LinguaSys solves human language challenges in Big Data and social media for blue chip clients around the world. Its natural language processing software provides real time multilingual text analysis, sentiment analytics and fast, cost-effective natural language user interfaces. The solutions are powered by LinguaSys’ Carabao Linguistic Virtual Machine™, a proprietary interlingual technology, to deliver faster and more accurate results. Designed to be easily customized by clients, the solutions can be used via SaaS or behind the firewall. Headquartered in Boca Raton, FL, LinguaSys is an IBM Business Partner. @LinguaSys Join us on LinkedIn


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