Natural Language ProcessingDemystified

A free, comprehensive course to turn you into an NLP expert

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Every once in a while you come across an online course that nearly perfectly distills a topic, somehow making it relatively simple and digestible while still managing to provide a very comprehensive and thorough overview. This has definitely been one of those courses for me and I've really been enjoying it. Thank you very much!

Ben Harloe

What's inside

Theory and concepts clearly explained

Get a solid grounding in NLP from 15 modules of content covering everything from the very basics to today's advanced models and techniques.

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Complete end-to-end examples

Start from raw data and learn to build classifiers, taggers, language models, translators, and more through nine fully-documented notebooks. Get exposure to a wide variety of tools and code you can use in your own projects.

The only one-stop course you need to learn NLP. Seriously. Nate makes the hard topics easy to understand and provides a very thorough walk-through of implementing it practically with very well-documented notebooks. I’ve seen lots of courses on NLP and this is by far one of the best ones out there. If you are a data scientist or someone who's interested in NLP I highly recommend it!

Evgeny Khoroshukhin

What you'll learn

  • Fundamental concepts and algorithms of NLP.
  • The fundamentals of machine learning.
  • Understand how neural networks work by building one from scratch.
  • The popular deep learning methods used in production today.
  • How to use a variety of popular tools and libraries to go from raw data to a practical, working model.
  • How to leverage sophisticated pre-trained models for your own projects.
  • How to accomplish common NLP tasks including extracting key information, document search, text similarity, text classification, finding topics in documents, summarization, translation, generating text, and question answering.
  • Enough advanced knowledge to keep up with new developments.

I originally found this course because I was looking for a way to learn NLP in a real way. I had some knowledge of the algorithms and I wanted to know what libraries and strategies I can use, instead of implementing TfIdf from scratch. Nate's approach is brilliant, first he gives you a very clear overview and then he guides you through the exercises but it's up to you to figure it out. I have to say it's an amazing course and it's really priceless.


Why I built this course

We are on the cusp of a massive change in how we work with computers.

NLP Demystified helps you get ready for that world.

Hi, I'm Nate. I made NLP Demystified because it's the course I wish I'd had when I started learning NLP.

NLP Demystified leans into the theory without being overwhelming but also provides practical know-how. We'll dive deep into concepts and algorithms, then put knowledge into practice through code. We'll learn how to perform practical NLP tasks and cover data preparation, model training and testing, and various popular tools.

In the end, you'll clearly understand how things work under the hood, acquire a relevant skillset, and be ready to participate in this exciting new age.

What people are saying

Yuanxin Yao

I found the course on YouTube and I was pleasantly surprised by how good it is. The videos and notebooks are straightforward and easy to follow, and the materials point me to the right direction if I want to research more thoroughly. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who's interested in NLP, at all skill levels.

Arun Bahl

Nate's course makes NLP intuitively clear to students and practitioners alike – balancing breadth with detail, and theory with practice. I've recommended the course to several colleagues getting into NLP and AI in general.


Love the visuals! Love the notebooks at the end of each video! The best thing is that it is not too simple and at the same time not too verbose. It goes straight to the point. Love it!

Nick Yin Larsen

Nate is an excellent communicator, and I wish he had been my lecturer when I was taking machine learning courses at university.

Leo Tremblay

Nate's course made it all finally click for me. It explains just enough theory in a clear way, then connects to code that applies it all. If you're looking for a solid foundation in NLP, this is it.

Mark Schwab

You weren't kidding when you said "Demystified!" Now that I've written my own neural net from scratch, I'll never think of it as a "black box" again!

“I love your clear and succinct explanations.”

“I can't express how great this series on NLP is. Every video is like a Christmas present.”

“This is a brilliant way to explain these difficult topics.”

“This is amazing, I can’t thank you enough. I only wish this was around sooner.”

“The explanation and illustrations are amazing!”

Frequently asked questions

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What are the pre-requisites?
You should be comfortable with Python and a bit of high school math. No previous knowledge of NLP or machine learning is assumed.

How long does it take to get through the course?
If you're willing to dedicate an hour a day, then about two weeks.

Where do I get help?
You can either email me or ask the question on YouTube. I will try my best to answer or point you in the right direction.

What license is this content under?
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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