How to Remove names from Noun Chunks in SpaCy

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by vigneshchennai74 dot icon Updated: Jun 14, 2023

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To remove names from noun chunks, you can use the SpaCy library in Python. You can first load the library and load a pre-trained model, then use the noun chunks attribute to extract all of the noun chunks in a given text. Then you can use a loop to iterate through each chunk and an if statement to check if the chunk contains a proper noun. If the chunk contains a proper noun, you can remove it from the text.  

The removal of names from noun chunks has a variety of uses, such as:  

  • Data anonymization: To respect people's privacy and adhere to data protection laws, text can be made anonymous by removing personal identifiers.  
  • Text summarization: By omitting proper names from the text, it is possible to condense the length of a summary while maintaining the important points.  
  • Text classification: By lowering the amount of noise in the input data, removing proper names from text improves text classification algorithms' performance.  
  • Sentiment analysis: By removing proper names, sentiment analysis can be made more objective.  
  • Text-to-Speech: By removing appropriate names from the discourse, text-to-speech can sound more natural.  

Here is how you can remove names from noun chunks:  

Preview of the output that you will get on running this code from your IDE


In this solution we have used Spacy library of python.


  1. Download and install VS Code on your desktop.
  2. Open VS Code and create a new file in the editor.
  3. Copy the code snippet that you want to run, using the "Copy" button or by selecting the text and using the copy command (Ctrl+C on Windows/Linux or Cmd+C on Mac).
  4. Paste the code into your file in VS Code, and save the file with a meaningful name.
  5. Open a terminal window or command prompt on your computer.
  6. For download spacy: use this command pip install spacy [3.4.3]
  7. Once spacy is installed, you can download the en_core_web_sm model using the following command: python -m spacy download en_core_web_sm Alternatively, you can install the model directly using pip: pip install en_core_web_sm
  8. To run the code, open the file in VS Code and click the "Run" button in the top menu, or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+N (on Windows and Linux) or Cmd+Alt+N (on Mac). The output of your code will appear in the VS Code output console.

I hope you found this useful. I have added the link to dependent libraries, version information in the following sections.

I found this code snippet by searching for "Remove Name from noun chuncks using SpaCy" in kandi. You can try any such use case!

Environment Tested

I tested this solution in the following versions. Be mindful of changes when working with other versions.

  1. The solution is created in Python 3.7.15 Version
  2. The solution is tested on Spacy 3.4.3 Version

Using this solution, we can Extract names from noun chuncks with the help of function in spacy . This process also facilities an easy to use, hassle free method to create a hands-on working version of code which would help us extract the Nouns python.

Dependent Library

spaCyby explosion

Python doticonstar image 26383 doticonVersion:v3.2.6doticon
License: Permissive (MIT)

💫 Industrial-strength Natural Language Processing (NLP) in Python


            spaCyby explosion

            Python doticon star image 26383 doticonVersion:v3.2.6doticon License: Permissive (MIT)

            💫 Industrial-strength Natural Language Processing (NLP) in Python

                      If you do not have SpaCy that is required to run this code, you can install it by clicking on the above link and copying the pip Install command from the Spacy page in kandi.

                      You can search for any dependent library on kandi like SpaCy


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