Google’s Open-Source Parsey McParseface Helps Machines Understand English

ENLARGE Google uses Parsey McParseface in several of its services, including search and Smart Reply. Photo: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images By Daniela Hernandez May 12, 2016 5:23 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS Meet Parsey McParseface, a whimsically named computer program that helps machines understand written English. Alphabet Inc. GOOGL -0.34 % subsidiary Google is making the code freely available for anyone to distribute or modify, according to a company blog post on Thursday. The program is part of a larger set of software programming tools called SyntaxNet that Google is making freely available. “Our hope is that people will just use this instead of building their own,” said Dave Orr, SyntaxNet’s project manager. “They don’t have to reinvent the wheel.” SyntaxNet is the latest in many artificial-intelligence software systems to be released…


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