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> Word embeddings let you treat individual words as related units of meaning, rather than entirely distinct IDs. However, most NLP problems require understanding of longer spans of text, not just individual words. There's now a simple and flexible solution that is achieving excellent performance on a wide range of problems. After embedding the text into a sequence of vectors, bidirectional RNNs are used to encode the vectors into a sentence matrix. The rows of this matrix can be understood as token vectors — they are sensitive to the sentential context of the token. The final piece of the puzzle is called an attention mechanism. This lets you reduce the sentence matrix down to a sentence vector, ready for prediction.