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Gluecon 2015: We Need More Developers!

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By: Zach Walchuk on May 29, 2015 at 12:01 PM

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the annual Glue Conference in Broomfield, Colorado. I won’t spend time arguing who had the best talk, the best booth, or the best schwag at this developer conclave, but I would like to report a general theme that permeated every presentation. This question seemed to weigh on everyone’s mind, and answers were provided in abundance: How do we get more people doing high-quality development?

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Topics: Events, User Stories

Finding the Needle in the Haystack: 3 Guiding Principles

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By: Devin Harper on May 28, 2015 at 10:45 AM

"One of the hardest problems in dealing with large quantities of data is figuring out what is the elephant in the room.
...said no data scientist, ever.

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Topics: Content Discovery & Recommendation

Use AlchemyData News Like a Pro: Tip #1

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By: Greg Schoeninger on May 26, 2015 at 12:15 PM

One of the most useful features in AlchemyData News is the ability to paginate through the results of a query. By default, the API will return 10 results per search. One way to quickly obtain more results is by adding the parameter “count=X”. While this method works well, it will only allow you to go up to a maximum of 1000 results. What if your particular query has more results than 1000? This is where pagination comes into play.

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Topics: Content Discovery & Recommendation, New Features

Gaining Actionable Insights From Unstructured Data

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By: AlchemyAPI on May 21, 2015 at 2:15 PM

Not long ago, we published an article about the various solutions available for organizations to consider when addressing their unstructured data challenges. However, having and maintaining a strong data management strategy is only the first step to tackling your obstacles. The key to gaining a competitive edge lies in the business insights that artificial intelligence tools provide.

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Topics: Natural Language Processing, Big Data Analysis, How-To

Alchemist Hour In Review: AlchemyAPI Overview

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By: Mackenzie Sedlak on May 20, 2015 at 1:21 PM

As of late, the capabilities and popularity of web APIs are growing at an exponential rate. APIs have become an important tool for developers, but they’re also making their presence known in a variety of industries. As such, we want to equip developers and product managers alike with the ultimate guide for creating smart apps. For the foreseeable future, we are hosting a bi-weekly technical web series, Alchemist Hour, to explore and explain our APIs; we want to get you up close and personal with the technology. The series kicked off with the premier session, AlchemyAPI - An Overview, which covered the basics for getting started with AlchemyAPI.

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Topics: AlchemyAPI, Application Development

The API Anyone Can Use - AlchemyData News

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By: Melissa Altese on May 18, 2015 at 1:15 PM

As you know, recently we announced our latest product, AlchemyData News, at the World of Watson Conference in New York. With just a simple query, the News API provides developers with news and blog content enriched with NLP, with the option to return results for taxonomy, sentiment, entities, relations, keywords and domains. There are tremendous possibilities with this API, as it gives developers access to over 75,000 different news sources, 250,000 (or more) new articles each day and the option to access historical data that dates back 60 days.

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Topics: New Features

Hacking with Watson: A Brooklyn Success Story

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By: Zach Walchuk on May 14, 2015 at 10:09 AM

Last week, I spent two longs days in Brooklyn with over a hundred developers. I watched as ambitious ideas brought together teams and teams pulled together incredible applications. The hurried hackers moved from bean bags to crowded tables to the stage as they refined, redefined, and designed their solutions, incorporating the artificial intelligence technologies available on the Watson Developer Cloud. By ten o'clock Tuesday night, thirty-five teams had finished presenting the products of their ideation, and you could color me impressed.

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Topics: Hackathons, User Stories, IBM Watson

What Social Content Sharing Can Tell You About Your Buyers

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By: AlchemyAPI on May 12, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Every company invests time and money developing rich content intended to show their audiences how much they know and why they are a better choice than their competitors. However, measuring the effectiveness of a piece of content, shared across various social channels, can be challenging.

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Topics: Content Discovery & Recommendation, User Stories

Who's in the News: An AlchemyData News Application

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By: Zach Walchuk on May 8, 2015 at 10:26 AM

A while back, I wrote about how applications can be built using APIs and libraries as building blocks. Until recently, the services provided by AlchemyAPI required a number of supporting pieces to create a complete application. With the launch of the AlchemyData News API, many of those components are now handled for you. Content procurement, natural language processing, and data storage are taken care of on our side, so you can focus your efforts on building killer apps!

In order to help you get started, I have put together a sample application that you can use as a template. By combining front-end tools with a very basic back-end script, you can build a quality web app with minimal code.

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Topics: How-To, New Features

Using the News API To Query the World's Financial News Like a Database

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By: Kelly Taylor on May 7, 2015 at 12:45 PM

What could you do if searching and using signals from the world's news and blogs were as easy as writing a few lines of code? How could your product or business intelligence benefit? 

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Topics: Content Discovery & Recommendation, How-To, New Features

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