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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Debater Improves the way Watson Uses Language

Things that came of of the 'Debater' project, some interesting ways to include in a system the way we construct words and phrases creatively.   The kinds of things I try hard not to use with my assistants.   Avoiding 'complicated word schemes', or even slightly complicated phrases.    Look forward to trying that.  See 'Project Debater' tag below for my previous posts on this.

IBM enhances Watson’s natural language understanding capabilities  By Mike Wheatley from Siliconangle

IBM Corp. said today it has made some big improvements to the natural language processing capabilities of its IBM Watson platform.

The new capabilities, which were born out of IBM Research’s Project Debater, will help Watson understand and analyze some of the most challenging aspects of English language with greater clarity than before, the company said.

IBM’s Project Debater is an artificial intelligence system that was built by the company to debate with humans on a complex range of topics. The system is designed to understand subtleties in the English language such as idioms and colloquialisms that traditional AI has always struggled with.

For example, a phrase such as “hot under the collar” is well-understood by humans, but most AI systems are likely to get the wrong end of the stick, so to speak, since their algorithms can’t detect the true meaning. But those kinds of idioms aren’t a problem for Project Debater, which is capable of much more advanced sentiment analysis.

IBM said it will be integrating Project Debater’s natural language processing capabilities into Watson “throughout the year.” Customers will then be able to add the new capabilities to their existing AI models to help them better exploit natural language.

“Language is a tool for expressing thought and opinion, as much as it is a tool for information,” Rob Thomas, general manager of IBM Data and AI, said in a statement. “This is why we believe that advancing our ability to capture, analyze and understand more from language with NLP will help transform how businesses utilize their intellectual capital that is codified in data.”

IBM said Project Debater adds four distinct capabilities to Watson, including more advanced sentiment analysis. As a result, it said, it can better identify and understand complicated word schemes like idioms and so-called “sentiment shifters” — combinations of words that, taken together, take on new meaning, such as “hardly helpful.”   .... " 

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