Posts Tagged ‘Semantic NLP’
In advance of the Boston Search Engine Meeting, Dr. Dahlgren, Cognition Technologies’ CTO and founder, was interviewed by Harry Collier of Infonortics and the interview was posted on Stephen Arnold’s ArnoldIT.com site.
It is a great interview and a cutting-edge look at the future of search as seen through the eyes of our very own Dr. Dahlgren. In the article she discusses what she views as the three major challenges in the search field, as well as many other important facts about Semantic NLP and the Semantic Web.
Check out the full article here.
Great article about Merrill Lextranet, a Cognition Technologies’ customer:
After evaluating and using Merrill Lextranet’s 5.6 version of its case management solution, we would definitely place it in that category and consider it to be among the best-in-class solutions currently available.
Cognition Technologies is part of Merrill Lextranet’s solution:
Lextranet has augmented its native search capabilities with conceptual search, in this case by incorporating third-party software from Cognition. Conceptual search looks for documents not by matching keywords, but rather by identifying documents containing words related to a concept. For example, a conceptual search for the word “airplane” might return documents that do not contain the word “airplane,” but do contain the word “glider” or “helicopter.”
Read the full article: “EDD Case Management with Lextranet”.
The latest Pew Internet and American Life report entitled “The Future of the Internet III” asked “Internet leaders, activists and analysts” a variety of questions. One finding that we in the Semantic technology world should pay attention to was “Network engineering research will build on the status quo—there isn’t likely to be a ‘next-gen’ Internet”.
The report notes:
Nearly four out of five respondents (78%) said they think the original Internet
architecture will still be in place in 2020 even as it is continually
being refined. They did not believe the current Internet will be
replaced by a completely new “next-generation” system between
now and 2020. Those who wrote extended elaborations to their
answers projected the expectation that IPv6 and the Semantic Web
will be vital elements in the continuing development of the Internet
over the next decade.
See the full Pew report here.
I read David Provost’s report from September 2008 entitled “On The Cusp: A Global Review of the Semantic Web Industry” and it got me re-thinking how Semantic companies gain adoption through the creation of applications utilizing their Semantic technologies.
It seems to me that Semantic companies have to do one of two things to create value in an application:
1) Innovate a completely new application. This puts Semantic companies in competition with every single Web/Software company and entrepreneur out there, not just the other Semantic companies. Plus, companies have to compete against the noise of tens of thousands of Web apps already out there.
2) Improve upon existing apps that do not use Semantics (and show such an improvement that users can immediately see a difference). I would argue that here Twine is going to face an uphill battle (and I like Twine!). They’re a social network/”interest” application that is directly competing against many large social networks and Web discovery companies (eg Digg). But to be successful, they must compete for, and win over, a technology agnostic audience. This audience couldn’t care less about Semantics for Semantics’ sake, and Twine ends up competing against Facebook’s feature set and already huge network effect.
Both of these approaches are challenging.
What Semantic applications would you like to see?
Pop Siren does a great segment about Cognition Technologies.
Watch it here:
Here’s a sample:
I’ve been playing with the Cognition search engine for a while now and also sent the link on to some colleagues of which my friend Dan who is a proper algorithm geek, like I am. Dr Kathleen Dahlgren from Cognition answered some questions for us, here they are:- How does cognition feel about personalised search?Personalized search can be augmented when the search engine understands language and can automatically see relationships that are opaque to pattern-matchers. For example, if a person is interested in rhythm and blues, they are also interested in R&B, and probably blues as well. But not blues meaning a bad mood. These subtleties are all handled by Cognition.
It’s behind a pay-wall, but the Los Angeles Business Journal interviewed Cognition CEO, Scott Jarus, and wrote about Cognition here.
Here’s a snippet:
Depending on what word you type into an Internet search engine, you can get a range of results. One man’s rat could be a rodent and another man’s rat could be a traitor.
Now, Cognition Technologies Inc., a Culver City firm, thinks it has a solution. This month, it introduced what it calls the largest semantic map of the English language for computers.
Another mention for Cognition in RedOrbit.com:
Another semantic search technology vendor also entered the health space: Cognition Technologies, Inc. introduced Semantic MEDLINE, a free service that lets users employ a natural, conversational sentence structure to search the MEDLINE database. It uses Cognition’s Semantic Map technology to “understand” the meaning behind words, phrases, and idioms.
The most interesting part of the article to me were the survey stats by Trampoline Systems:
Trampoline Systems, a provider of enterprise social intelligence tools, studied enterprise social networking, surveying 111 businesses in the U.S. and the U.K. The company’s research revealed that 88% of businesses are eager to start using social networking, although many are looking for more business functionality than in consumer social networks. Some key findings include the following:
* Eighty-four percent of businesses reported that social networking would help with sharing knowledge and expertise with colleagues across the organization and 68% would like help with finding relevant specific information.
* Sixty-nine percent want to interact with colleagues they don’t know.
Cognition’s Semantic Map can play a key role in social networks and collaboration. I’ll write more on that soon.
Read the entire RedOrbit article here.