Parafrasing with spaCy

Created on December 14, 2022 at 4:53 pm

Category: Programming


Parafrasing with spaCy is a technique for generating alternative phrases or sentences that convey the same meaning as a given input text. This can be useful for creating more varied and engaging content, or for improving the readability of a text by expressing complex ideas in simpler language. To use this technique with spaCy, you will need to have the spaCy library installed on your computer. Once you have installed spaCy, you can use the nlp object to tokenize and parse the input text, and then generate alternative phrases using the .similarity() method and the .generate_text() method. Here is an example of how you might use these methods to generate paraphrased sentences:

import spacy
nlp = spacy.load('en')

# Parse the input text using the nlp object
doc = nlp("The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.")

# Generate a list of alternative phrases
alternatives = []
for token in doc:
    # For each token, generate a list of similar words or phrases
    similars = [t.text for t in token.similar]
    # Add the most similar word or phrase to the list of alternatives
    alternatives.append(similars[0])

# Generate the paraphrased sentence using the alternatives list
paraphrase = doc.text.replace([t.text for t in doc], alternatives)

This code will generate a paraphrased sentence based on the input text “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” The resulting paraphrase will be a sentence with the same meaning as the original, but with different words or phrases. For example, the paraphrased sentence might be “A fast brown fox leaps over the sleepy dog.”

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