Women In Data meetup - The Natural Language Processing Edition

"A sheep walks into a baa." - Elizabeth Perreau

Carlos Chow is a chatbot created to enter 'The Funniest Computer Ever' competition. Elizabeth will present a talk about how Carlos was created to provide an all round entertaining and funny user experience. Natural language processing, sentiment analysis, emotive bot response, rhyming poetry and joke generation are some of the things taken into consideration when developing the chatbot. It was not a simple task. However, with a little help from a few remote services such as the Chuck Norris API, Wordnik API's, the Program O Chatbot API and a very bad sense of humour, Carlos the comedybot was born.

Elizabeth Perreau works as a developer for the Press Association with a particular interest in natural language processing and semantics. In her spare time she founded and leads Program O -
an open source chatbot project used in computer games, Twitterbots, Wordpress plugins, customer service applications and many more platforms across the internet.

"Extracting value from data: Introducing AnnoMarket - the cloud-based text annotation marketplace" - Helen Lippell

The talk will introduce AnnoMarket, a new portal intended to enable people to access world-class text analytics as easily as getting the latest update to Angry Birds.

The talk is aimed at developers and non-developers alike, and doesn't assume prior knowledge of text analytics.

Helen Lippell is in the business of wrangling data and text to help build great products for users and organisations. She's worked in the financial, media, entertainment, scientific and government sectors. She specialises in search technologies, taxonomies, text analytics and linked data curation.

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  • elizabeth

    Hi everyone. I had a great time at the last meet up and really enjoyed giving the talk on my bot. I found out on Christmas Eve that Carlos got second place in the competition. The transcripts will be available soon on the competition site... http://funniestcomputer.neurogrid.com/ and do have a natter with Carlos at http://www.carloschow.com. I am aiming for first place next year (again!) so all chats to the bot will help me with ironing out those second place bugs :D... happy new year and see you all soon.

    1 · January 3, 2014

    • Helen L.

      Judging by some of the man-made jokes I got in my Christmas crackers Carlos has a future job! Well done

      January 3, 2014

    • Vanessa

      well done!

      January 8, 2014

  • Helen L.

    Hi guys, here's my fully updated preso about the AnnoMarket text analytics platform


    December 19, 2013

  • Helen L.

    Liz was fab

    December 6, 2013

  • Helen L.

    Q: What APIs are available?

    A: They will be similar to services that people are already familiar with such as OpenCalais, Alchemy etc. There is an asynchronous execution API that manages all aspects of running an annotation job from end-to-end. Complementing that is a synchronous execution API for convenience. Lastly, there are two APIs to handle the annotation of data that is being crawled from the web.

    Q: Would the AnnoMarket project be interested in allowing the infrastructure to be used with/adapted for a private cloud (eg for sensitive data that cannot be stored in the Amazon cloud)?

    A: Yes, definitely. We would be keen to hear people’s use cases.

    1 · December 6, 2013

  • Helen L.

    Hi everyone
    Thanks for making me feel so welcome as a first-time WiD speaker

    Here are some quick answers to the AnnoMarket questions I was asked:

    Q: How do potential suppliers get involved in the public beta and beyond?

    A: This will not be in the initial beta release but definitely in a forthcoming iteration. You can still register your interest now.


    December 6, 2013

  • Vanessa

    hi i am assuming this is more of a talk than a hands on (requiring laptop) session?

    December 3, 2013

    • Helen L.

      Yep, no laptop required

      December 3, 2013

  • Catherine H.

    I'll no longer be able be able to attend unfortunately, I hope to be able to attend one soon!

    December 3, 2013

  • Stitchraconteur

    Sorry guys cant make it....next time!

    November 30, 2013

  • Helen C.

    Really sorry not to make this one.

    Thanks for making your slides and notes available, Helen.

    November 26, 2013

  • Klaudia G.

    The agenda sounds really interesting. I would have loved to be there but there is another data science meetup taking place the same time. Yodit, is there any chance you guys could record the sessions, please?

    November 25, 2013

    • Helen L.

      I'll definitely provide my slides with full notes (I know how much I appreciate it when other meetup speakers do this!)

      1 · November 25, 2013

    • Klaudia G.

      Thank you very much Helen!

      1 · November 25, 2013

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