May 19, 2010

SASI, a Semi-supervised Algorithm for Sarcasm Identification

From POPSCI (um, Popular Science), Computer Algorithm Can Recognize Sarcasm (Which is Just Soooo Cool)
SASI...can recognize sarcastic sentences in product reviews online with pretty astounding 77 percent precision. To create such an algorithm, the team scanned 66,000 product reviews, with three different human annotators tagging sentences for sarcasm. ...

This isn’t all just so your Roomba gets the joke when you tell it it sucks. Computer programs that can recognize sarcastic statements could generate better personalized content and make better recommendations to human users by not mistaking a product review titled “keep your receipt” with a sound piece of online shopping advice. It could also benefit opinion-mining systems that troll the Web trying to measure public sentiment about a product or idea.

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