Natural Language Processing / February 2nd, 2016

Computing with affective lexicons: Dan Jurafsky at the Bay Area NLP Meetup

First things first: Dating advice When you collect the right data and get it labeled, you can find really interesting things. For example, record over a thousand 4-minute speed dates and have the participants rate each interaction for how flirtatious they were and how flirtatious their partner was. Key finding: You thinking that someone is…

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Natural Language Processing / January 28th, 2016

Avoiding customer churn: Text analytics and the Oberweis Dairy call centers

Around 13% of Americans are lactose intolerant. And what are Midwesterners intolerant of? Problems with the quality of their dairy products and dairy delivery. Oberweis Dairy offers home delivery service of milk, ice cream, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products to people living in Midwestern states and also operates several dairy stores. When the company…

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Natural Language Processing / January 20th, 2016

Challenges and opportunities in video collaboration: Simon Tumansky

Last year there were roughly 566 million words spoken on the Blue Jeans video conferencing network. There’s a lot of value locked up in all that language data–imagine identifying action items automatically, understanding who’s speaking too fast or too much, or which kinds of approaches are more successful in sales.  Background on Blue Jeans Blue…

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Culture / December 23rd, 2015

Top 10 robots of 2015!

Last week, we shared a list of some of the most interesting applications of Natural Language Processing in 2015. In this week’s list, let’s take a look at ten of the coolest robot applications of the year! Our favorite robots of 2015 are ranked by Google search volume as a proxy for internet “buzz”. We…

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Natural Language Processing / December 15th, 2015

Multilingualism and Development conference recap

I was thrilled to spend last week at “Multilingualism and Development” in Delhi — the 11th conference in the Language and Development series, put on by the British Council. There, alongside fellow language experts working in education, academia, policy-making, and technology, I discussed how business and government can better serve rapidly urbanizing, multilingual societies. Participants…

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