The problem of underrepresented languages snowballs from data sets to NLP models

Just how comprehensively do natural language processing (NLP) pipelines support widely spoken languages? A recent study coauthored by researchers at Clarkson University and Iona College sought to investigate the degree to which NLP tools understand eight dialects.

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Amazon launches Alexa Conversations in beta, lets developers deep-link skills to mobile apps

Alexa conversation

The company rolled out deep neural networks aimed at making Alexa natural language understanding more accurate for custom apps, as well as an API that allows the use of web technologies to build gaming apps for select Alexa devices.

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