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Cognitive Insights: Question Answering

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By: AlchemyAPI on August 3, 2015 at 4:30 PM

Last week, we learned more about computer vision technology from our vision expert and Software Engineer, Devin Harper. He discussed the current capabilities of the technology, as well as the future of computer vision. This week, we dive into question and answering services, learning what they are and how they answer questions.

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Topics: AlchemyAPI, Content Discovery & Recommendation

AlchemyAPI Hackathon: Episode II

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By: Melissa Altese on July 30, 2015 at 12:40 PM

Leading into the 4th of July weekend, the AlchemyAPI team began their celebrations early with another internal hackathon. Hack teams assembled on Thursday morning to begin planning, and after a long day of coding and pizza, it was time to show off their stuff! This short sprint encouraged teams to work diligently and prioritize their backlog. Despite the strict time constraints, the resulting projects were quite impressive.

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Topics: Hackathons

The Combined Power of Sentiment Analysis and Personality Insights

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By: AlchemyAPI on July 29, 2015 at 8:50 AM

In the past several months, searches for 'sentiment analysis' are averaging upwards of 5,000 per month. Its increased popularity can be attributed to the fact that more developers are discovering the broad capabilities of the API, as well as the unique results obtained from pairing it with other cognitive services, such as Watson's Personality Insights. From social media monitoring to analyzing the news, some might say sentiment analysis has become a hot commodity. As such, our developer advocate and evangelist, Zach Walchuk decided to make the Sentiment Analysis API the primary focus of our latest Alchemist Hour web session.

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Topics: Sentiment Analysis, Events

Cognitive Insights: Computer Vision

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By: AlchemyAPI on July 27, 2015 at 2:35 PM

In our last installment, we learned a bit more about natural language processing from our Dev Evangelist, Zach Walchuck. He discussed the purpose and importance of NLP and how REST APIs help developers extract meaningful information from unstructured data. This week, we are covering the topic of computer vision, going into its current capabilities and the future of computer vision technology. We also discuss how computer vision models are trained and what differentiates Alchemy’s training model from others.

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Topics: Computer Vision & Image Recognition

4 Ways to Automate With AlchemyAPI

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By: Zach Walchuk on July 23, 2015 at 12:35 PM

We all know that the AlchemyAPI services make it easier to analyze big piles of unstructured data. You take sentences, tweets, articles, pictures, and whammo-blammo, turn them into annotated, categorized gold. With all this rich, juicy structure, you can sit and find patterns and trends to your heart's delight.

What I'm proposing is cutting out the middle-man—in this case, you. Why do extra work when the machines can do it for you? There are a number of scenarios where it is appropriate, dare I say preferable, to automate tasks based on the output of a cognitive analysis. We've talked about some of these already on the blog, so I'm going to focus on things that live a little outside the box (I live there too, great food!). While these applications may not directly meet your needs, I hope they inspire you to find solutions to real problems.

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Topics: Computer Vision & Image Recognition, Twitter, Application Development

Online Ad Targeting: Using NLP to Score More Bullseyes

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By: Melissa Altese on July 21, 2015 at 4:45 PM

Back in 2013, experts predicted that the average person see anywhere from 250 to 3,000 advertisements every day1. Imagine what those numbers are today! Whether it’s on TV, in our newspapers, on billboards or online, it has become commonplace to ignore them. However, every once in a while, an advertisement pops up on our Facebook feed tempting us with something we’ve been wanting to buy. Despite the many eyerolls these ads have accrued, online advertising is a steadily growing market. According to the IAB’s 2014 full year report, internet advertising revenue in the United States alone totaled $49.5 billion, a 16% jump from the previous year.

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Topics: Natural Language Processing

Cognitive Insights: Natural Language Processing (NLP)

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By: AlchemyAPI on July 20, 2015 at 1:05 PM

Last week, we debuted the first video in our Cognitive Insights Chalk Talk Series. We covered the topic of deep learning and debunked some common misconceptions about the technology. This week, we are covering the topic of natural language processing, along with its capabilities, why it’s important and how your business or product can leverage the technology.

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Topics: Natural Language Processing

A Day in the Life of a Software Engineer

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By: Mackenzie Sedlak on July 17, 2015 at 11:20 AM

As of late, terms such as “Artificial intelligence,” and “software engineer” have become all the hype. And while these terms are becoming more recognized and accepted throughout the business world, not everyone knows what the words mean. What is a software engineer and what does their every day consist of? I pulled Mike, one of the software engineers at AlcheyAPI, an IBM company, out of his office to get the scoop.

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Topics: AlchemyAPI

Serving Cognitive Insights at Wimbledon

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By: Duncan Anderson on July 16, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Each year at Wimbledon we like to explore new types of technology innovation. This year, IBM’s Watson cognitive technology has been a major part of that innovation and I’d like to give you a peek at what we’ve been up to.

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Topics: IBM Watson

AlchemyAPI for Everyone: Blockspring Integration

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By: Zach Walchuk on July 14, 2015 at 10:15 AM

A lot of what I write is aimed at developersespecially developers who are still learning the ropeswith the goal of making it as easy as possible to use the advanced technologies available via APIs. This makes sense; an API is not a full application, and it is the developers who are building applications.

Well, today I have something to tell everyone.

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Topics: AlchemyAPI, New Features

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