Natural Language Tool Kit – Tutorial 2

Stop words

Part 2 focuses on Stop words, those little structural words that humans rely on to make sense of a sentence but which just get in the way of algorithmic analysis. Words such as: a, is, the, it….etc

First we import from Corpus a list of predefined stop words, which using print(stopwords) shows:-

{‘whom’, ‘through’, ‘y’, “hadn’t”, ‘while’, ‘they’, ‘some’, ‘into’, ‘you’, ‘how’, ‘too’, ‘until’, ‘ourselves’, “should’ve”, ‘me’, ‘a’, ‘wouldn’, ‘or’, ‘yours’, ‘ve’, ‘themselves’, “you’ve”, ‘nor’, ‘so’, ‘not’, ‘haven’, ‘those’, ‘needn’, ‘didn’, ‘was’, ‘she’, ‘is’, ‘because’, ‘once’, ‘did’, ‘from’, ‘don’, ‘mustn’, ‘own’, ‘myself’, ‘doing’, ‘have’, “won’t”,
‘wasn’, ‘few’, ‘during’, ‘aren’, ‘out’, ‘having’, ‘both’, ‘who’, ‘all’, ‘d’, ‘which’, ‘for’, ‘if’, ‘her’, ‘any’, “don’t”, ‘won’, ‘between’, ‘your’, ‘ain’, ‘mightn’, “mustn’t”, “you’ll”, ‘hers’, ‘am’, ‘this’, ‘does’, ‘are’, ‘before’, ‘most’, ‘what’, ‘after’, “wouldn’t”, ‘we’, ‘re’, ‘isn’, ‘yourselves’, ‘down’, ‘it’, ‘our’, ‘he’, “shouldn’t”, ‘o’, ‘were’, ‘been’, ‘there’, “isn’t”, ‘but’, ‘yourself’, ‘other’, “couldn’t”, ‘again’, ‘herself’, “mightn’t”, ‘to’, ‘their’, ‘i’, ‘when’, ‘hasn’, “doesn’t”, “needn’t”, ‘same’, ‘m’, ‘its’, “haven’t”, “weren’t”, ‘an’, ‘had’, ‘weren’, ‘shan’, ‘against’, “aren’t”, ‘will’, “you’re”, ‘the’, ‘my’, ‘him’, ‘himself’, ‘s’, ‘ll’, ‘of’, ‘ours’, ‘in’, ‘itself’, ‘about’, ‘as’, ‘than’, ‘couldn’, “shan’t”, “hasn’t”, ‘theirs’, ‘just’, ‘where’, ‘be’, ‘with’, ‘why’, ‘below’, ‘now’, ‘off’, ‘up’, ‘each’, ‘only’, ‘here’, ‘further’, ‘shouldn’, “wasn’t”, ‘on’, “didn’t”, “you’d”, ‘do’, ‘no’, ‘more’, ‘over’, ‘can’, ‘that’, ‘being’, ‘such’, ‘by’, ‘at’, “that’ll”, ‘above’, ‘ma’, “it’s”, ‘should’, ‘these’, ‘has’, “she’s”, ‘very’, ‘t’, ‘under’, ‘them’, ‘doesn’, ‘then’, ‘his’, ‘and’, ‘hadn’}

Then using word_tokenise and a for loop we remove the stop words.

Example code:-

from nltk.corpus import stopwords
from nltk.tokenize import word_tokenize

example_sentence = "This is an example showing off stop word filtration"
stop_words = set(stopwords.words("english"))

words = word_tokenize(example_sentence)
filtered_sentence = []

for x in words:
    if x not in stop_words:


The for loop can be combined into one line of code but it’s not as easy to follow:-

filtered_sentence = [w for w in words if not w in stop_words]

Straight forward way of removing noise from the word lists.