Create an API Key
Make an Entity Analysis Request
Cloud Natural Language API: Qwik Start
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 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.
To complete this lab, you need:
- Access to a standard internet browser (Chrome browser recommended).
- Time to complete the lab---remember, once you start, you cannot pause a 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 the Lab Details panel with the following:
- The Open Google Console button
- Time remaining
- The temporary credentials that you must use for this lab
- Other information, if needed, to step through this lab
Click Open Google Console. The lab spins up resources, and then opens another tab that shows the Sign in page.
Tip: Arrange the tabs in separate windows, side-by-side.
Note: If you see the Choose an account dialog, click Use Another Account.
If necessary, copy the Username from the Lab Details panel and paste it into the Sign in dialog. Click Next.
Copy the Password from the Lab Details panel and paste it into the Welcome dialog. Click Next.
Important: You must use the credentials from the left panel. Do not use your Google Cloud Skills Boost credentials. Note: Using your own Google Cloud account for this lab may incur extra 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.
- Click Continue.
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. The output contains a line that declares the PROJECT_ID for this session:
gcloud is the command-line tool for Google Cloud. It comes pre-installed on Cloud Shell and supports tab-completion.
(Optional) You can list the active account name with this command:
(Optional) You can list the project ID with this command:
gcloud, in Google Cloud, Cloud SDK documentation, see the gcloud command-line tool overview.
Create an API Key
First, you will set an environment variable with your PROJECT_ID which you will use throughout this codelab:
Next, create a new service account to access the Natural Language API:
Then, create credentials to log in as your new service account. Create these credentials and save it as a JSON file "~/key.json" by using the following command:
Finally, set the GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS environment variable. The environment variable should be set to the full path of the credentials JSON file you created, which you can see in the output from the previous command:
Make an Entity Analysis Request
In order to perform next steps please connect to the instance provisioned for you via ssh. Open the navigation menu and select Compute Engine. You should see the following provisioned linux instance:
Click on the SSH button. You will be brought to an interactive shell. Remain in this SSH session for the rest of the lab.
Now you'll try out the Natural Language API's entity analysis with the following sentence:
Michelangelo Caravaggio, Italian painter, is known for 'The Calling of Saint Matthew'
Run the following
Run the below command to preview the output of result.json file.
You should see a response similar to the following in the result.json file:
Read through your results. For each "entity" in the response, you'll see:
- The entity
type, a person, location, event, etc.
metadata, an associated Wikipedia URL if there is one.
salience, and the indices of where this entity appeared in the text. Salience is a number in the [0,1] range that refers to the centrality of the entity to the text as a whole.
mentions, which is the same entity mentioned in different ways.
You've sent your first request to the Cloud Natural Language API.
Finish Your Quest
Continue your Qwiklabs Baseline: Data, ML, AI or Intro to ML: Language Processing Quest. A Quest is a series of related labs that form a learning path. Completing either Quest earns you the badge above, to recognize your achievement. You can make your badge (or badges) public and link to them in your online resume or social media account. Enroll in either Quest above and get immediate completion credit if you've taken this lab. See other available Qwiklabs Quests.
Next Steps / Learn More
This lab is part of a series of labs called Qwik Starts. These labs are designed to give you a little taste of the many features available with Google Cloud. Search for "Qwik Starts" in the lab catalog to find the next lab you'd like to take!
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Manual Last Updated April 18, 2022
Lab Last Tested April 18, 2022
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