I am trying to get started with the Stanford NER tools tools in Mathematica, and am having difficulty translating the demo they provide into JLink. The relevant code in the demo is:

/* Usage: java -cp "stanford-ner.jar:." NERDemo */

import edu.stanford.nlp.ling.CoreLabel;
import edu.stanford.nlp.ling.CoreAnnotations;


 for (CoreLabel word : sentence) { 
 ... w.word() ... word.get(CoreAnnotations.AnswerAnnotation.class) ...

So I tried:

InstallJava[ClassPath -> ".../stanford-ner.jar"];

answerAnnotation = LoadJavaClass["edu.stanford.nlp.ling.CoreAnnotations$AnswerAnnotation"]


(...things that appear to be working correctly...)


« JavaObject[edu.stanford.nlp.ling.CoreLabel]»

w@word[] (* works *)
w@get[answerAnnotation] (* $Failed *)

Java::argx1: Method named get defined in class edu.stanford.nlp.ling.CoreLabel was called with an incorrect number or type of arguments. The argument was JavaClass[edu.stanford.nlp.ling.CoreAnnotations$AnswerAnnotation,<>].

The (inherited) method signature of get is

get(java.lang.Class<? extends TypesafeMap.Key<VALUE>> key)


  • $\begingroup$ Try instead passing into w@get the following: JavaNew["edu.stanford.nlp.ling.CoreAnnotations$AnswerAnnotation"]@getClass[] (untested). $\endgroup$ May 22, 2014 at 19:24
  • $\begingroup$ cha $ ching. Thanks $\endgroup$
    – mfvonh
    May 22, 2014 at 19:30

2 Answers 2


A Java class object can be recovered using the JLink class loader, e.g.:

answerAnnotation =
  JLinkClassLoader`classFromName @ "edu.stanford.nlp.ling.CoreAnnotations$AnswerAnnotation"

This is necessary because the objects returned by LoadJavaClass are symbolic proxies, not the actual Java class objects themselves.

Here is a complete example loosely following NERDemo.java:

$root = "/some/path/to/stanford-ner-distro";
$jar = FileNameJoin @ {$root, "stanford-ner.jar"};
$crf = FileNameJoin @ {$root, "classifiers", "english.all.3class.distsim.crf.ser.gz"};

ReinstallJava[ClassPath -> $jar, JVMArguments -> "-Xmx8g"];


$classifier = CRFClassifier`getClassifierNoExceptions @ $crf;
$annotation = JLinkClassLoader`classFromName @

JavaBlock @ Module[{labels}
, labels = JavaObjectToExpression /@ JavaObjectToExpression @ $classifier @ classify @
             "Prophecy tells us more about the prophet than about the world."
; Map[{# @ toString[], # @ get @ $annotation}&, labels, {2}]


Leonid Shifrin's answer does the trick: JavaNew["edu.stanford.nlp.ling.CoreAnnotations$AnswerAnnotation"]@getClass[].


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