Computer algorithm recognizes sarcasm

The paper is here  sarcasmAmazonICWSM10.

The team at Hebrew University first scanned through 66,000 product reviews at Amazon and developed a classifier to group patterns of text into different sarcastic classes.  They then seeded their machine-learning algorithm with subset of these samples.  Apparently, the algorithm is in on the joke 77% of the time.

This is similar to what I’m hoping to do for disagreements. Amazon reviews, contentious blog posts and, even mailing lists for technology standards, provide a rich textual corpus to play with.

Computer algorithm recognizes sarcasm

The paper is here  sarcasmAmazonICWSM10.

The team at Hebrew University first scanned through 66,000 product reviews at Amazon and developed a classifier to group patterns of text into different sarcastic classes.  They then seeded their machine-learning algorithm with subset of these samples.  Apparently, the algorithm is in on the joke 77% of the time.

This is similar to what I’m hoping to do for disagreements. Amazon reviews, contentious blog posts and, even mailing lists for technology standards, provide a rich textual corpus to play with.

Build. Measure. Learn.

Build, Measure, Learn.  The faster you execute through that cycle, the better.

Quick hit from Eric Ries on the lean startup.  Succinct summary of what Lean is and is not.  I’m a fan of this approach and of continually testing to challenge/confirm assumptions.  Stop the faith-based initiatives and start doing stuff people want!

I think we all could do well to rethink our key unit of progress.  For traditional waterfall processes, it’s getting to the next stage.  For agile product development, it’s a line of working code.  And for a startup, it’s validated learning about customers.

What’s the most useful unit of progress for ATS or any other consulting practice?  For our government work?  For commercial?  Validated learning about customers still seems like an excellent choice.

Build. Measure. Learn.

Build. Measure. Learn. 

The faster you execute through that cycle, the better. Quick hit from Eric Ries on the lean startup.  Succinct summary of what Lean is and is not.  I’m a fan of this approach and of continually testing to challenge/confirm assumptions.  Stop the faith-based initiatives and start doing stuff people want!

Foursquare and Starbucks partner to offer rewards to Mayors

Told you so.  Today Foursquare and Starbucks are offering $1 off a Frappucino.   Merchants are becoming increasingly comfortable with this type of model and obviously Foursquare wants to see these types of offers grow.

One of the interesting questions I’ve been looking into is, can automatically integrating foursquare status into credit card transactions add value to consumers and merchants?   Mobile coupons, the likes of which announced today, are certainly useful and I expect to see many more in the near future.   Direct integration, however, offers a simpler user experience than coupons where users need to present their device to the cashier.  It also allows merchants to identify not only mayors but also other customers who have promoted their establishments on foursquare and offer them highly relevant, personalized rewards and promotions.   Lastly, direct integration with CC transactions offers ways for merchants and CC companies to blend reward programs (merchant loyalty programs and CC points programs) to give consumers more choice in their rewards and create opportunities for cross-promotion.

Foursquare and Starbucks partner to offer rewards to Mayors

Told you so.  Today Foursquare and Starbucks are offering $1 off a Frappucino.   Merchants are becoming increasingly comfortable with this type of model and obviously Foursquare wants to see these types of offers grow.

One of the interesting questions I’ve been looking into is, can automatically integrating foursquare status into credit card transactions add value to consumers and merchants?   Mobile coupons, the likes of which announced today, are certainly useful and I expect to see many more in the near future.   Direct integration, however, offers a simpler user experience than coupons where users need to present their device to the cashier.  It also allows merchants to identify not only mayors but also other customers who have promoted their establishments on foursquare and offer them highly relevant, personalized rewards and promotions.   Lastly, direct integration with CC transactions offers ways for merchants and CC companies to blend reward programs (merchant loyalty programs and CC points programs) to give consumers more choice in their rewards and create opportunities for cross-promotion.