Welcome to another episode of Develomentor. Today's guest is Zhenya Antić
Zhenya Antić is an AI consultant in the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP). She helps businesses transform their textual data to extract meaningful insights from it, improve their process, cut costs and increase productivity by automating their text processing. (Freelance NLP Consultant)
Zhenya's background is in Computer Science (BS from MIT) and Linguistics (PhD from UC Berkeley). She also working on many NLP projects at FactSet, a large financial software company, and as a consultant for companies of all sizes.
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"Linguistics is the theoretical exploration of language and how it works. So you have syntax, mythology, phonology. There is the study of language acquisition and bilingualism. You can study pragmatics and how language is used. You can study how different factors affect language like gender or race."
"I had a child and I thought 'what can I do that does not involve commuting to NYC every day?' Someone suggested ‘why don’t you start an NLP blog?’. I said ‘yeah that sounds nice’. It took a a few hours each week to post these blog posts. Then I tried to apply for an NLP job on Upwork which sounded very interesting. They took me on board and that was my first client."
"I have 5 kids. I work 4 days and 1 day I’m with the kids. I’m very lucky that I can both work and be with my kids. I do what I love and when I don’t have too much work, I work on my own projects with neural networks."
'Linguistics War' between Lakoff and Chomsky - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linguistics_wars
Adam Cheyer – Co-Founder of Siri, Viv Labs, and Change.org #67
Learn more about Zhenya and what she offers as an NLP consultant - https://www.practicallinguist.com/
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