Wattpad provides Stanford Researchers with data for machine intelligence

Share this: A group of Stanford University researchers have data mined the short stories on the popular Toronto social publishing platform Wattpad to help their artificial intelligence “knowledge base”, a program called Augur, better understand human behaviour via Wattpad’s practically endless 600,000 chapter corpus. In a paper called “Augur: Mining Human Behaviors from Fiction to Power Interactive Systems”, researchers outline their objective “to create a broad knowledge base of human behavior by text mining a large dataset of modern fiction”, mainly for the purpose of predicting what a human is most likely to do next in a given context. “Fictional human lives provide surprisingly accurate  accounts  of  real  human  activities,” write the researchers. “Characters in modern fiction turn on the lights after entering rooms; they react to compliments by blushing;…


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