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I want to input some words, and out comes the next word(s). Neural nets are really hot at the moment, and I'm afraid of throwing a neural net at something, when one is not really needed. Or... maybe it is needed?

My current options are:

  • Predict next word(s) using N-grams
  • Predict next word(s) using a neural net

There are quite a number of Github repositories that does this using neural nets, and a few that does it with N-grams. Are there any clear advantages to choosing the neural net approach?

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You can use anything you like. Right now neural networks are the state of the art: they produce the best predictions. But you could also use HMMs, or n-grams, or other methods; they just will be lower quality than a state-of-the-art neural network.

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