Here's a little joke for Friday but it has a serious message. Content mining could be useful if you have sufficient software

[2014-03-21]
Content mining isn’t easy but it can be done by experts and this post will give another indication of the power. Here are two small chunks of English; each of them has something hidden which a natural language engine might, if properly constructed, bring to light in milliseconds. Do not look them up on Google as it will reveal the secret. Here’s the first; it’s slightly shortened:

In an age of imitation, I can claim no special merit for this slight attempt at doing what is known to be so easy.

The following is accidental, but it has become a classic

Hence no force, however great, can stretch a cord, however fine, into a horizontal line which is accurately straight

And this is a special Friday for it bears upon the subject. When you feel you’ve solved the problem  try to answer in the spirit of the way the joke was written.

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2 Responses to Here's a little joke for Friday but it has a serious message. Content mining could be useful if you have sufficient software

  1. Paul S. says:

    When I used to work in journalism education this sort of thing was called a “Port Talbot”, after [spoiler alert!] this (probably apocryphal) story.

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