October Meetup: Automated Query Parsing, and Fact Checking with Truth Teller

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This month features an introduction to the art of automated query parsing, and a discussion of a WaPo app that automates some of the tedium of fact checking.

Tony Maull is a Senior Director of Enterprise at DataRPM (http://datarpm.com/). He will discuss the differences between computational search and content search. His primary focus is how the computation can be relied upon when a natural language question can be asked any number of ways but still needs to drive a consistently accurate answer.

Sara (http://saracarothers.com/) Carothers (https://twitter.com/slcarothers) is a mobile project manager at the Washington Post and the product owner for Truth Teller (http://truthteller.washingtonpost.com/), an experimental news app that fact-checks political speech. If a politician repeats a talking point that has already been fact-checked, Truth Teller automatically links the reader to that reporting. To accomplish this, the app incorporates speech-to-text processing and preliminary aspects of natural language processing. Sara will introduce the app and speak about the possibilities of collaboration between the fields of journalism and NLP.


We'll meet at 6:30pm in the upstairs bar at Stetsons near the intersection of 16th and U Streets NW in Adams Morgan. Introductions & announcements will start around 7:00pm, and presentations will begin at 7:30pm. Afterwards, there will be plenty of time for follow-up questions, networking, and drinks.

Please note: Stetsons is a 21 and over venue.

DC NLP meets on the second Wednesday of each month to network, socialize, and learn about the interesting work folks are doing in natural language processing, computational linguistics, text analytics, and more.

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