Natural language processing draws knowledge from a diverse collection of fields including computer science, linguistics, and statistics in order to extract pertinent information from the spoken or written word.

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What is the purpose of chunking strings in natural language processing?

I see many examples of libraries that use a 'chunker' and also people asking how to write chunkers, but what is this for and why do we need it? Isn't it enough to split a text by whitespace or other ...