Tag Archives: language

Recognising phoney on-line reviews

Sur­prise, sur­prise! The mar­ket­ing val­ue of pos­i­tive on-line user-reviews has cre­at­ed an indus­try of liars-for-hire, ready to pimp any prod­uct with phoney “user” endorse­ments. Hotels, cafs, pub­lish­ers, music labels and (hor­ror!) even blog­gers can read­i­ly find cut-price on-line tes­ti­mo­ni­al­ists to pimp their prod­uct on sites like fiverr.com. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, there’s a good chance we’ll fail to […]

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 […]