Talking ‘Sorting Hat’ Runs on IBM Watson

In the Harry Potter series, the Sorting Hat places students in one of four houses in the wizarding school of Hogwarts. An IBM employee working on the solutions architecture behind the Watson natural language processing system built one of his own for his children. In an interview with Tech Insider, solutions architect Ryan Anderson explained how he used Watson to interpret which Hogwarts house someone could be in based on how they describe themselves. He developed it for his daughters, Lucy, 8, and Julia, 6, both of whom are “mad keen on ‘Harry Potter’”. Watson’s Natural Language Classifier and a speech to text feature are attached to the hat to interpret spoken language. In order to determine which words were associated with which house, Anderson and Lucy created a list…


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