Thursday, May 27, 2010

Automated Sarcasm Detector for Blogs and Email

Popular Science reports that a team from the Computer Science Department at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, has come up with technical – and subtle – solution for identifying sarcasm in electronic text.
Oren Tsur, Dmitry Davidov and Ari Rappoport have devised an algorithm that identifies sarcastic tweets on Twitter and sarcastic comments in product reviews on Amazon. Named SASI, or Semi-supervised Algorithm for Sarcasm Identification, the formula successfully identified such sentences as: “Great idea, now try again with a real product development team”.

In a paper titled Semi-Supervised Recognition of Sarcastic Sentences in Twitter and Amazon, the team claims the sarcasm detection algorithm could have important benefits such as personalising content ranking and recommendation systems such as those favoured by Amazon. Since sarcastic comment involves stating the opposite of what you actually mean, it could also be useful for repairing inverse allocations in opinion mining systems – and presumably pave the way for sarcasm-sensitive robots. The team’s findings will be presented at the International Conference for Weblogs and Social Media in Washington, DC, next week.
This could be even more valuable than Snopes, so that sarcasm-challenged readers and commenters can find out in advance if what they are reading or responding to is meant to be sarcastic and cynical.

It probably wouldn't work on "Far Side" comics though.

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Anonymous said...

great post
Joel Rich

(OK run that through the program)

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Joel: ROFL ;-)

Shavua tov!


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Anonymous said...

joyous, just what the world needs, a couple of people with nothing better to do with their lives than develop systems that let the control freaks filter out humourous and witty comments about whatever useless products (read "shit") they're trying to sell us.

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