SASI Sarcasm Recognition A Really Useful Invention

The SASI Semi-supervised Algorithm for Sarcasm Identification is a really useful invention developed by very serious Israeli researchers. They started by scanning Amazon product reviews (natch), and defined sarcastic patterns.

The efficiency of their sarcasm detector is about 77 percent, which is very good for an automated system. I'm now reviewing my soto voce comments while using practically every speech recognition engine when calling customer service, and thinking that they might finally start to get it.

Those who watch the Simpsons recognize this idea.

(Sarcasm detector from The Simpsons)

Star Trek: The Next Generation's Commander Data made use of an emotion chip to actually feel emotions himself, which helped him understand his human coworkers and friends. Given the behavior of his colleagues, a SASI-style sarcasm algorithm would have been helpful.

(Geordi and Data regard the emotion chp)

Would 2001: A Space Odyssey have turned out differently if HAL 9000 had been able to understand sarcasm? How?

See also this article on sentiment analysis.

Via Popsci.

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