Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a way of using computer systems to try and interpret text information in the same way that a person would. At its core, NLP tries to understand human language naturally without needing exhaustive sets of processing rules, and can yield much richer results than a simple keyword search.
How NLP Searches Text
In a basic implementation, NLP uses content, context and syntax to identify text strings that fall into what are called Default Named Entities. The categories Voyager uses are listed below, as well as the corresponding field names. Note that the special field nlp_place is the only field used for geotagging, while all fields can be used in refining search results.
Companies and Organizations
NLP Place (used for geotagging)
Viewing NLP Results
After you have enabled NLP and rescanned the location, you can find NLP-derived fields on the Detail Page of a record, for example:
In Voyager, adding an NLPpipelinestep greatly improves accuracy when identifying the most-relevant search results. You can also use the results of NLP to improve geotagging results. Note that NLP is a language- and text-based process, so there will no benefit with datasets that do not contain text information.