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What’s the difference between NLP, NLU, and NLG?

NLP: Natural Language Processing

Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a field of artificial intelligence that aims to enable computers to understand, interpret, and respond to human language in a way that is both meaningful and useful. NLP combines computational linguistics, machine learning, and deep learning models to process and analyze large amounts of natural language data.

Examples of NLP

  • Sentiment Analysis
  • Text Translation
  • Chatbots
  • Speech Recognition

NLU: Natural Language Understanding

Natural Language Understanding (NLU) is a subfield of Natural Language Processing (NLP) that focuses on machine reading comprehension. It involves the capability of a computer system to understand, interpret, and derive meaningful information from human language. NLU aims to make sense of the input language, grasp its context, and generate appropriate responses or actions.

Examples of NLP

  • Intent Recognition
  • Entity Recognition
  • Contextual Understanding
  • Sentiment Analysis
  • Question Answering
  • Text Classification
  • Semantic Parsing

NLG: Natural Language Generation

Natural Language Generation (NLG) is a subfield of Natural Language Processing (NLP) that focuses on the creation of natural language text by a computer. NLG systems convert data into understandable, human-like language. The goal of NLG is to enable computers to communicate ideas and information effectively and naturally.

Examples of NLP

  • Report Generation
  • Summarization
  • Dialogue Systems (Chatbots)
  • Personalized Content Creation
  • Weather Forecasts
  • Email Automation
  • News Article Generation

Difference Between NLU, NLP, and NLG

It is a narrow concept.It is a broader concept.It is a limited concept.
If we only talk about an understanding text, then it is enough.But if we want more than understanding, such as decision-making, then it comes into play.It generates a human-like manner text based on the structured data.
It is a subset of NLP.It is a combination of it and NLG for conversational Artificial Intelligence problems.It is a subset of NLP.
It is not necessarily that what is written or said is meant to be the same. There can be flaws and mistakes. It ensures that it will infer correct intent and meaning even if data is spoken and written with some errors. It is the ability to understand the text.But, if we talk about NLP, it is about how the machine processes the given data. Such as making decisions, taking action, and responding to the system. It contains the whole End-to-end process. Every time, it doesn’t need to have it.It generates structured data, but it is not necessarily that the generated text is easy to understand for humans. Thus, NLG makes sure that it will be human-understandable.
It reads data and converts it to structured data.It converts unstructured data to structured data.NLG writes structured data.

Together, NLP, NLU, and NLG form a comprehensive approach to making human-computer interaction more natural and intuitive. NLP provides the overall framework for processing language, NLU allows machines to understand human input, and NLG enables them to respond appropriately. These technologies are transforming the way we interact with machines, making it easier for us to communicate and obtain information in a natural, human-like manner.

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