Programming language: C#
License: MIT License

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catalyst is a C# Natural Language Processing library built for speed. Inspired by spaCy's design, it brings pre-trained models, out-of-the box support for training word and document embeddings, and flexible entity recognition models.


โšก Features

New: Language Packages โœจ

We're migrating our model repository to use NuGet packages for all language-specific data and models.

You can find all new language packages here.

The new models are trained on the latest release of Universal Dependencies v2.7.

This is technically not a breaking change yet, but our online repository will be deprecated in the near future - so you should migrate to the new NuGet packages.

When using the new model packages, you can usually remove this line from your code: Storage.Current = new OnlineRepositoryStorage(new DiskStorage("catalyst-models"));, or replace it with Storage.Current = new DiskStorage("catalyst-models") if you are storing your own models locally.

We've also added the option to store and load models using streams:

// Creates and stores the model
var isApattern = new PatternSpotter(Language.English, 0, tag: "is-a-pattern", captureTag: "IsA");
    mp => mp.Add(
        new PatternUnit(P.Single().WithToken("is").WithPOS(PartOfSpeech.VERB)),
        new PatternUnit(P.Multiple().WithPOS(PartOfSpeech.NOUN, PartOfSpeech.PROPN, PartOfSpeech.AUX, PartOfSpeech.DET, PartOfSpeech.ADJ))
using(var f = File.OpenWrite("my-pattern-spotter.bin"))
    await isApattern.StoreAsync(f);

// Load the model back from disk
var isApattern2 = new PatternSpotter(Language.English, 0, tag: "is-a-pattern", captureTag: "IsA");

using(var f = File.OpenRead("my-pattern-spotter.bin"))
    await isApattern2.LoadAsync(f);

โœจ Getting Started

Using catalyst is as simple as installing its NuGet Package, and setting the storage to use our online repository. This way, models will be lazy loaded either from disk or downloaded from our online repository. Check out also some of the sample projects for more examples on how to use catalyst.

Storage.Current = new OnlineRepositoryStorage(new DiskStorage("catalyst-models"));
var nlp = await Pipeline.ForAsync(Language.English);
var doc = new Document("The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog", Language.English);

You can also take advantage of C# lazy evaluation and native multi-threading support to process a large number of documents in parallel:

var docs = GetDocuments();
var parsed = nlp.Process(docs);

IEnumerable<IDocument> GetDocuments()
    //Generates a few documents, to demonstrate multi-threading & lazy evaluation
    for(int i = 0; i < 1000; i++)
        yield return new Document("The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog", Language.English);

void DoSomething(IEnumerable<IDocument> docs)
    foreach(var doc in docs)

Training a new FastText word2vec embedding model is as simple as this:

var nlp = await Pipeline.ForAsync(Language.English);
var ft = new FastText(Language.English, 0, "wiki-word2vec");
ft.Data.Type = FastText.ModelType.CBow;
ft.Data.Loss = FastText.LossType.NegativeSampling;

For fast embedding search, we have also released a C# version of the "Hierarchical Navigable Small World" (HNSW) algorithm on NuGet, based on our fork of Microsoft's HNSW.Net. We have also released a C# version of the "Uniform Manifold Approximation and Projection" (UMAP) algorithm for dimensionality reduction on GitHub and on NuGet.

๐Ÿ“– Links

Contribute How to contribute to catalyst codebase.
Samples Sample projects demonstrating catalyst capabilities
Gitter Join our gitter channel