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Stop-word removal using NLTK

stop-words is a crucial task in information retrieval. Most indexing mechanisms include this step as an essential part since it will improve the performance of the information retrieval process. Stop-words are mostly very frequent words like which, that, a that have no distinct meaning. Luckily, NLTK has a list of existing stop-words that can be used for filtering stop-words. This corpus can be downloaded via'stopwords') there is also a parameter for the function: stop_word_removal where you can set the data_download to True or False. Sample output from sample Craiglist dataset:

'water', 'bottle', 'never', 'added', 'bike.', 'call', 'interested', 'meet', 'location', 'people', 'like'

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