Monday, November 29, 2010

Nell's half baked thoughts

NELL is a computer system that learns over time to read the web by making associations between words/phrases, and a limited set of categories. NELL regularly uses twitter (cmunell) to elicit feedback, and let the world know what it's thinking. While many of it's 500K beliefs may be truthy, I think it got these two half-right:
I think "self-reference" is an #Emotion (
I think "non-degree-seeking student" is an #AreaOfStudyWithinTheFieldOfMachineLearning (
NELL regularly adds and removes hypotheses, in an attempt to improve its confidence in the associations it has made. I wonder what it will find is funny.

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