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User Rank: Strategist
6/6/2014 | 10:45:19 AM
Re: Sadly we do need this
Haha! Curious view of natural language processing :) Yes, it does seem as though plenty of government folks are reading "great job guys!" has true and honest not as sarcasm.
User Rank: Ninja
6/6/2014 | 10:04:09 AM
Re: Sadly we do need this
@dave – Bazinga! Sentiment detectors like Lymbix and others comb through communications for sentiment and tone.  Of all the emotions,  detecting  sarcasm is particularly difficult, since it requires a great deal of context about the writer's subject, as well as an understanding of the use of language and paralanguage (images, etc). But, it can be done, and has been the subject of considerable work in computer labs since the 1970s.

It buys you the same thing that understanding any other emotional state. Emoticons are among the many ways people indicate sarcasm. Watch out for those winking ;-) faces . So, for the foreseeable future, the more textual communication we have, in social media and email, the more we need to understand what it all means in a context that makes sense. Challenging.

So, maybe not so sadly, we do need this.
User Rank: Ninja
6/6/2014 | 7:34:00 AM
Sadly we do need this
My first thought was wondering how often our government hears "great job on that one guys" and takes it as a compliment rather than sarcasm.  Now I'm pretty sure that some politicians will always spin sarcasm to be a compliment but government agencies really need to be careful about how they take what is said/written/tweeted.  After they get the sarcasm detector figured out the next thing they need to work on is a BS detector so that they can stop taking people who are just spouting off so seriously.  I see a lot of dumb things repeated and wish there was a good way to mark garbage tweets as what they are.
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