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Text Analytics: What It Is, Why You Need It
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Re: Understanding humans
  • 11/22/2017 11:52:56 AM
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Lyndon, well put! I remember a song from the 60s that part of the lyrics said, 'the words get in the way '. I don't recall the artist, but it resonated with me as so true.

Re: Understanding humans
  • 11/22/2017 8:51:53 AM
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Rbaz writes that "...I fully agree that we're a long way off in achieving 100 percent accuracy, in fact I don't believe we ever will. "

Let's face it. We humans ourselves are a long way from achieving 100% accuracy in our own lingual communications. Otherwise, we wouldn't have so many misunderstandings. Like arguments with spouses, significant others, domestic partners. Or so many White House clarifications of presidential Twitter messages. 

 

Re: Understanding humans
  • 11/21/2017 12:48:55 PM
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Kq4ym, I fully agree that we're a long way off in achieving 100 percent accuracy, in fact I don't believe we ever will. Not only is the science in its enfancy but it's tackling a daunting mission. Human communication even with its rules, rely heavily on individual artistic expression which is hard to measure. Some level of success will be achieved on some specific specialized bases, but not over a wide spectrum of uses.

Re: Understanding humans
  • 11/21/2017 10:13:07 AM
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It does seem we have a long way to go before 100% accuracy and the costs involved in processing language will be commonplace in lots of applications that might demand accuracy. But should be an amazing breakthrough when all languages can be processed with near perfect accuracy.

Re: Understanding humans
  • 11/21/2017 8:44:30 AM
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I have talked with a number of researchers and they will all agree with you.

Re: Understanding humans
  • 11/21/2017 7:36:45 AM
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@Lyndon: Not to be a Luddite, but good. Here's hoping it stays that way, lest we reach Singularity.

Re: Understanding humans
  • 11/20/2017 10:26:04 PM
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Tomsg writes

I find it really hard to work with Human text. There are just so many variables and things that have multiple meanings that it will always be somewhat difficult.

Adequate text analytics (specifically, understading human language) is currently one of the most daunting hurdles confronting advancement in AI development.

 

Re: Understanding humans
  • 11/20/2017 1:44:08 PM
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I find it really hard to work with Human text. There are just so many variables and things that have multiple meanings that it will always be somewhat difficult.

Re: Understanding humans
  • 11/19/2017 5:04:59 PM
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Speaking as someone who has done this (manually), I can tell you that this doesn't seem to be a magic fix for everything, necessarily. One big doc review project I had years ago involved reviewing advertising and packaging -- where text may not have been readily legible. (Plus, imagery and positioning were important, too.)

Moreover, there was one key document I found in that project that I suspect typical text analytics would not have discovered because we didn't know we were looking for it until we found it. The document in question demonstrated fraud and extortion -- which opened up an entirely new cause of action and theory of recovery on top of what we were already pursuing!

Understanding humans
  • 11/16/2017 3:50:39 PM
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Mary thanks for the insights, do you feel that text analytics have gotten advanced enough to detect the subtleties of how we communicate, humor sarcasm etc?



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