Tag Archives: computing

Where in the world is “Watson”?

Where else? “But let’s get down to the clue level: What’s the most common answer on Jeopardy? That would be ‘What is Australia?’ That response appears in J-Archive 208 times, out of 197,736 total answers—to clues as diverse as ‘In terms of rainfall, it’s the driest continent after Antarctica’ and ‘The overarm ‘crawl’ swimming stroke […]

Elementary “Watson”

The IBM project that this week led to a spectacular demonstration of machine Question Answering (yet another “QA” acronym) has a lot of serious computing science behind it. Much of that technology—although none of the techniques, naturally—is lucidly explained in a recent article in AI Magazine. The overarching principles in DeepQA are massive parallelism, many […]