Facebook AI Digs Deep Into User Content

By John P. Mello Jr.Jun 3, 2016 9:12 AM PT Facebook on Wednesday introduced DeepText, an artificial intelligence-fueled text analytics engine. “Text is a prevalent form of communication on Facebook,” wrote Facebook software engineers Ahmad Abdulkader, Aparna Lakshmiratan and Joy Zhang in a post describing its capabilities. “Understanding the various ways text is used on Facebook can help us improve people’s experiences with our products,” they continued, “whether we’re surfacing more of the content that people want to see or filtering out undesirable content like spam.” DeepText can understand with near-human accuracy the textual content of several thousands posts per second, spanning more than 20 languages. The engine leverages several deep neural network architectures and can perform word-level and character-level based learning, noted Abdulkader, Lakshmiratan and Zhang. Better…


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