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Cloud Natural Language API lets you extract information about people, places, events, (and more) mentioned in text documents, news articles, or blog posts. You can use it to understand sentiment about your product on social media, or parse intent from customer conversations happening in a call center or a messaging app. You can even upload text documents for analysis.
Cloud Natural Language API features
Syntax Analysis: Extract tokens and sentences, identify parts of speech (PoS) and create dependency parse trees for each sentence.
Entity Recognition: Identify entities and label by types such as person, organization, location, events, products and media.
Sentiment Analysis: Understand the overall sentiment expressed in a block of text.
Content Classification: Classify documents in predefined 700+ categories.
Multi-Language: Enables you to easily analyze text in multiple languages including English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), French, German, Italian, Korean and Portuguese.
Integrated REST API: Access via REST API. Text can be uploaded in the request or integrated with Cloud Storage.
In this lab you'll use the
analyze-entities method to ask the Cloud Natural Language API to extract "entities" (e.g. people, places, and events) from a snippet of text.
Setup and Requirements
Before you click the Start Lab button
Read these instructions. Labs are timed and you cannot pause them. The timer, which starts when you click Start Lab, shows how long Google Cloud resources will be made available to you.
This Qwiklabs hands-on lab lets you do the lab activities yourself in a real cloud environment, not in a simulation or demo environment. It does so by giving you new, temporary credentials that you use to sign in and access Google Cloud for the duration of the lab.
What you need
To complete this lab, you need:
- Access to a standard internet browser (Chrome browser recommended).
- Time to complete the lab.
Note: If you already have your own personal Google Cloud account or project, do not use it for this lab.
Note: If you are using a Pixelbook, open an Incognito window to run this lab.
How to start your lab and sign in to the Google Cloud Console
Click the Start Lab button. If you need to pay for the lab, a pop-up opens for you to select your payment method. On the left is a panel populated with the temporary credentials that you must use for this lab.
Copy the username, and then click Open Google Console. The lab spins up resources, and then opens another tab that shows the Sign in page.
Tip: Open the tabs in separate windows, side-by-side.
In the Sign in page, paste the username that you copied from the Connection Details panel. Then copy and paste the password.
Important: You must use the credentials from the Connection Details panel. Do not use your Qwiklabs credentials. If you have your own Google Cloud account, do not use it for this lab (avoids incurring charges).
Click through the subsequent pages:
- Accept the terms and conditions.
- Do not add recovery options or two-factor authentication (because this is a temporary account).
- Do not sign up for free trials.
After a few moments, the Cloud Console opens in this tab.
Activate Cloud Shell
Cloud Shell is a virtual machine that is loaded with development tools. It offers a persistent 5GB home directory and runs on the Google Cloud. Cloud Shell provides command-line access to your Google Cloud resources.
In the Cloud Console, in the top right toolbar, click the Activate Cloud Shell button.
It takes a few moments to provision and connect to the environment. When you are connected, you are already authenticated, and the project is set to your PROJECT_ID. For example:
gcloud is the command-line tool for Google Cloud. It comes pre-installed on Cloud Shell and supports tab-completion.
You can list the active account name with this command:
gcloud auth list
Credentialed accounts: - <myaccount>@<mydomain>.com (active)
Credentialed accounts: - email@example.com
You can list the project ID with this command:
gcloud config list project
[core] project = <project_ID>
[core] project = qwiklabs-gcp-44776a13dea667a6
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