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Code Challenge 58 - Analyze Podcast Transcripts with NLTK - Part I

Posted by PyBites on Fri 09 November 2018 in Challenge • 2 min read

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Hey Pythonistas,

It's time for another code challenge! In this two part challenge we're going to do some natural language processing on podcast transcript data. Prepare to have fun expanding your data science skills!

The Challenge

Here are the steps you would follow:

  • Week 1

    • Pick your favorite podcast, make sure it is one with quite some data (episodes) and transcripts.
    • Make a script to get all the transcripts. As this could involve retrieving data from Github (Talk Python), feed parsing / web crawling, even extracting data from PDFs (Tim Ferriss Show - episodes 1-150), we decided to split this into two challenges.
    • Store the results somewhere, for example an (sqlite) database.
    • This week you can PR this prep work via this link
  • Week 2

    • Make a virtual environment and pip install NLTK / Natural Language Toolkit.
    • Read up on how to use the library.
    • From here on we leave you totally free to find the patterns in the data that you are interested in: sentiments, book recommendations, you name it.
    • Show the results in a notebook or in any way you like.
    • PR link to be released next Monday ...

Good luck and have fun!

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