node-red-contrib-ecolect 1.0.4

A node-red node for natural language matching using Ecolect.

npm install node-red-contrib-ecolect

A Node Red node that is a wrapper around the Ecolect natural language matching library.

This node takes a plain text string and tries to match it to one of the configured intents using fuzzy pattern matching of training phrases. The node can also extract values from the string such as numbers, dates, times, and sub-strings.

Messages for each topic are sent on separate outputs so that they can be processed by a flow specific to that topic. The last output is always for messages that the processor could not recognise.

The output message contains the matched topic and the extracted values. All other message properties are passed through unchanged.


The node configuration provides the information to train the natural language matcher about the topics it should attempt to match. The configuration for each topic consists of:

  • Topic - the name of this topic
  • Values - the name and type of values to be extracted from the message.
  • Phrases - a list of phrases that would match this topic. Values to be extracted from the phrase are identified by enclosing the value name in {} brackets.

The natural language matcher uses fuzzy logic to determine the match between the message text and the specified phrases to identify the best matching topic. Simple variations of specified phrases should be matched but the more phrases that are specified the better the matching. If you use enumerations for values that have a small set of known values, then the matching will be much better.


  • Topic switch
  • Values
    • room - enumeration ("bedroom", "kitchen", "study", "kids bedroom")
    • item - enumberation ("light", "fan", "radio", "heater")
    • state - boolean
    • when - date-time
      • Phrases
    • turn {item} {state} in {room} at {when}
    • turn {state} {room} {item}
    • turn {room} {item} {state}

Matches the following phrases:

  • turn on kitchen light at 9pm
  • turn on bedroom light
  • turn bedroom light off

Node Info

Version: 1.0.4
Updated 6 months, 3 weeks ago
License: MIT


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  • ecolect


  • node-red
  • iot
  • nlp
  • ecolect
  • intent
  • commands
  • parsing


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