Posts Tagged ‘developer’
What’s on the menu for semantic technology this week? Two vendors in the foodie field are offering up some new treats.
From Nara, whose neural networking technology is behind a service to help users better personalize and curate their restaurant dining experiences (see how in our story here), comes a new feature that should make picking a restaurant for a group dinner an easier affair. It combines users’ “digital DNA” – the sum of what it learns of what each one likes and doesn’t like regarding dining venues – to serve up restaurant choices that should appeal to the entire group across its range of preferences.
“It’s a really fun way to start getting [the service] into social,” says Nara founder and CEO Tom Copeman.
Singly “App Fabric” Platform Helps Developers Deeply Connect To Other Apps So Users Can Connect With All Their Data
Singly, which has as its mission connecting people more closely with their data everywhere it lives, now is opening up the beta of its development platform to help developers create the apps that can make that happen.
As co-founder and CEO Jason Cavnar describes Singly’s work, “it is an app fabric product” that gives developers a way to build applications without having to worry about making all the different connection points into the other applications they want their products to talk to. “That’s handled as a service for them. Like Amazon Web Services is for the infrastructure layer, we would like to be a trusted partner in the data layer,” he says.
“It’s really about a person’s life and experiences – sharing that wherever it is in other applications into a new one and that new one generating things to share back out,” says fellow co-founder and CTO Jeremie Miller, who invented Jabber/XMPP technologies and was the primary developer of jabberd 1.0, the first XMPP server. APIs are prominent in Singly’s approach to unlocking that data, but Miller sees some parallels between its own mission and that of the semantic web – a concept whose potential he’s always been excited about, he says, but which he doesn’t think has caught on as he’d hoped.
Social media intelligence and analytics provider ViralHeat is making its sentiment engine, which it claims as one of the biggest repositories of sentiment data on the market, available for free to developers as an API. The company has been building that engine in conjunction with its agency and big-brand customers (think the likes of Dell) the last few years, and is hoping that the move will open the door to new applications of sentiment analytics, as well as deliver benefits that will profit its paying clients.
“The key for brands and agencies is sentiment,” says CEO Raj Kadam, and ViralHeat got started down that road with a keyword dictionary approach to analyzing social media that proved disappointing. It led to a lot of neutral vs. positive or negative conclusions, and accuracy wasn’t a strong suit. That’s when it turned to its clients to take things up a few levels. “We scrapped that first approach and started building a really large-scale machine learning cluster focused on speed – we get hundreds of millions of mentions a week – and also on accuracy,” he says. Today, the technology runs mentions through its sentiment cluster and gets a sentiment score back, and from there humans play a role in further assessing the text and passing it back to continually train the engine.
Its speed, scalability, and training are what Kadam considers the features that differentiate its Python-built sentiment web service platform from other vendors in the space, and it’s that same Sentiment API that it’s opening up to others. Kadam says the fact that it can quickly do its work, tagging the sentiment score and its accuracy probability on the fly, is one reason why it can open up the API. “If that cluster was really slow it would take us days and probably a large swath wouldn’t get tagged,” he says. He says the latency on competitive systems is “incredible. It’s like batch processing. You send the data in and wait a really long time to get results. Ours is just completely real time.”
Overview, a new open-source visualization software project, is looking for two Developers in New York. The post states, “The project is called Overview. You can read about it at overview.ap.org. It’s going to be a system for the exploration of large to very large collections of unstructured text documents. We’re building it in New York in the main newsroom of The Associated Press, the original all-formats global news network. The AP has to deal with document dumps constantly. We download them from government sites. We file over 1000 freedom of information requests each year. We look at every single leak from Wikileaks, Anonymous, Lulzsec. We’re drowning in this stuff. We need better tools. So does everyone else.” Read more
Facebook has made some updates to the analytics available to companies and individuals who utilize their “like” button. The Facebook developer blog reports, “Over the past year, social plugins have become an important and growing source of traffic for millions of websites. Today we’re releasing a new version of Insights for Websites to give you better analytics on how people interact with your content and to help you optimize your website in real-time.” Read more