Stop word

Stop words are any word in a stop list which are filtered out before or after processing of natural language data (text). There is no single universal list of stop words used by all natural language processing tools, nor any agreed upon rules for identifying stop words, and indeed not all tools even use such a list. Therefore, any group of words can be chosen as the stop words for a given purpose. The


Stop words are any word in a stop list which are filtered out before or after processing of natural language data (text). There is no single universal list of stop words used by all natural language processing tools, nor any agreed upon rules for identifying stop words, and indeed not all tools even use such a list. Therefore, any group of words can be chosen as the stop words for a given purpose. The "general trend in [information retrieval] systems over time has been from standard use of quite large stop lists to very small stop lists to no stop list whatsoever"
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