Secret Service Wants Sarcasm-Detection Software

The United States Secret Service is looking for software to search through social media to determine top influencers and detect sarcasm in real time.

The Secret Service is currently using FEMA Twitter analytics currently, according to Donovan, adding that the sarcasm feature is a very minute.

“Our objective is to automate our social media monitoring process. Twitter is what we analyze. This is real time stream analysis. The ability to detect sarcasm and false positives is just one of 16 or 18 things we are looking at. We are looking for the ability to quantity our social media outreach,” he told The Washington Post. “We aren’t looking solely to detect sarcasm.” "We are not currently aware of any automated technology that could do that (detect sarcasm). No one is considered a leader in that,” Jamie Martin, a data acquisition engineer at Sioux Falls, SD based Bright Planet, told CBS News.

Those who watch the Simpsons recognize this idea.


(Sarcasm detector from The Simpsons)

Too bad the Secret Service doesn't follow Technovelgy, because I referenced the capabilities of an Israeli firm in SASI Sarcasm Recognition A Really Useful Invention.

Via CBS.

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