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.

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