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Towards a Safer Web (with Language Technology)

Last Updated: 25 June 2013 On 18 June 2013, I attended an interesting conference on cybersecurity. The conference was held in one of the conference rooms at the Police Academy in Rome*. The title of the conference was “Critical Infrastructure Protection – Telecommunications”** and Italian was the working language. The conference was organized by  the I.C.S.A Foundation (Intelligence Culture and Strategic Analysis) ( Those who can understand Italian can read a press release here: As you can imagine, there were many people working for the Police and Defence Departments, but also people coming from industry and academia. I attended this conference because, in my opinion, Language Technology (LT) can help cybersecurity in many ways. We are currently thinking of a LT project, SafeWEB, whose aim is to detect threatening, mischievous and treacherous … Read entire article »

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Presentation: How Emotional Are Users’ Needs? Emotion in Query Logs

According to recent IR research, searchers’ behaviour is not only limited to traditional informational, navigational and transactional needs. A novel hypothesis is that the seeking behaviour is driven by emotion. These experiments are part of SearchInFocus, a study centred on search. How Emotional Are Users’ Needs? Emotion in Query Logs from Marina Santini … Read entire article »

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Reflection: Analysing Emotions of Social Writing

by Marina Santini A few days ago, I attended a fascinating session organized by the Quantified Self Stockholm (QS) MeetuUp, in a venue with an inspiring name, Psykologifabriken (The Psychology Factory), in center Stockholm. This QS session – Adding Power to body and soul… – included two presentations: one about adding power to the body through a robotic glove that adds gripping energy to the hand of those who have lost strength in this limb; the other one about methods to enable self-development through digital tools. Since I am not into robotics, I will only say that the empowering glove shown by Johan Ingvast from Bioservo is simply amazing… I am not a psychologist either, but I found the presentation about empowring the “soul” very relevant to some of my interests, namely sentiment analysis, mood … Read entire article »

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Reading Suggestion: Adjectives and adverbs as indicators of affective language for automatic genre detection (2008)

Rittman, Robert and Nina Wacholder. (2008). Adjectives and adverbs as indicators of affective language for automatic genre detection. Proceedings of AISB 2008 Convention, Symposium on Affective Language. Aberdeen, Scotland, April 1-2, 2008. Abstract. We report the results of a systematic study of the feasibility of automatically classifying documents by genre using adjectives and adverbs as indicators of affective language. In addition to the class of adjectives and adverbs, we focus on two specific subsets of adjectives and adverbs: (1) trait adjectives, used by psychologists to assess human personality traits, and (2) speaker-oriented adverbs, studied by linguists as markers of narrator attitude. We report the results of our machine learning experiments using Accuracy Gain, a measure more rigorous than the standard measure of Accuracy. We find that it is possible to classify … Read entire article »

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Question: How do you inject emotions into chatbots, Andres?

Post signed by: ANDRES TOMÁS HOHENDAHL, NLP Researcher Injecting emotions is a rather complicated task, so I started by using lots of heuristics, classifying the user inputs and the bot answers, trying to figure out emotional communication and frustration states, as the emotional state is a result of several ongoing acts, and somehow measures or emotional readouts of the result of those interactive acts. In other words if the bot gets a question, and knows how to answer it, he gets happier, if the user denies or objects the answer, he gets a little frustrated, if the user says nonsenses (not understandable things) the bot gets curious and asks further, if the user employs harsh terms, he might go into a defensive-first and angry after state, all was based on the … Read entire article »

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