Answer Finding Guided by Question Semantic Constraints

AAAI Conferences

As part of the task of automated question answering from a large collection of text documents, the reduction of the search space to a smaller set of document passages that are actually searched for answers constitutes a difficult but rewarding research issue. We propose a set of precision-enhancing filters for passage retrieval based on semantic constraints detected in the submitted questions. The approach improves the performance of the underlying question answering system in terms of both answer accuracy and time performance.


Search engine results can now chat to computer users

The Independent - Tech

Microsoft has started testing search engine results that can chat directly to users. The company wants developers to create custom chatbots that can be added to search listings on Bing. Users will be able to ask the bots for basic information about venues such as restaurants and cinemas, such as opening hours and parking information. They're powered by Skype, and the functionality has already been rolled out to a small number of venues, including a restaurant in Seattle called Monsoon. Unfortunately, at the time of publication, the chatbot didn't actually allow me to submit any questions.


Siri, get my iCar: Is Apple making a cool new ride or just dabbling with the techie parts?

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Apple has become the world's first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion, the financial fruit of stylish technology that has redefined what we expect from our gadgets. Apple's new 175-acre "spaceship" campus dubbed Apple Park. It was designed by Lord Norman Foster and cost roughly $5 billion. It will house 12,000 employees in over 2.8 million square feet of office space and will have nearly 80 acres of parking to accommodate 11,000 cars. SAN FRANCISCO – In a few weeks, Apple will unveil its newest iPhone.


Flexible Models for Microclustering with Application to Entity Resolution

Neural Information Processing Systems

Most generative models for clustering implicitly assume that the number of data points in each cluster grows linearly with the total number of data points. Finite mixture models, Dirichlet process mixture models, and Pitman-Yor process mixture models make this assumption, as do all other infinitely exchangeable clustering models. However, for some applications, this assumption is inappropriate. For example, when performing entity resolution, the size of each cluster should be unrelated to the size of the data set, and each cluster should contain a negligible fraction of the total number of data points. These applications require models that yield clusters whose sizes grow sublinearly with the size of the data set. We address this requirement by defining the microclustering property and introducing a new class of models that can exhibit this property. We compare models within this class to two commonly used clustering models using four entity-resolution data sets.


iPhone Siri prank tricks people into phoning emergency services

The Independent - Tech

A prank designed to trick iPhone users into calling emergency services is currently spreading online. Owners of Apple products are being encouraged to say '108' to Siri, unaware of the consequences. As 108 is the equivalent of 999 in India, the digital assistant will recognise it as a command to contact emergency services in the phone user's local area. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art Corp's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' performs during its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan Singulato Motors co-founder and CEO Shen Haiyin poses in his company's concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China A picture shows Singulato Motors' concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China Connected company president Shigeki Tomoyama addresses a press briefing as he elaborates on Toyota's "connected strategy" in Tokyo.