Saturday, 29 September 2012

Dancing about architecture

In 2011, computer scientists from the University of Washington wrote a piece of software capable of detecting the potential for, and making, “that’s what she said” jokes. DEviaNT (Double Entendre via Noun Transfer), as its creators Chloe Kiddon and Yuriy Brun affectionately named it, gave sentences ratings for “noun sexiness” (NS) and “verb sexiness” (VS). If the combined values exceed a threshold, their program gave the sentence the green light, and added the line. Two out of three times, it was inserted in the right place. (That’s what she said.)

For those interested, the paper can be found here:

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