Monthly Archives: October 2016

How to Run Text Summarization with TensorFlow

Text summarization problem has many useful applications. If you run a website, you can create titles and short summaries for user generated content. If you want to read a lot of articles and don’t have time to do that, your virtual assistant can summarize main points from these articles for you.

It is not an easy problem to solve. There are multiple approaches, including various supervised and unsupervised algorithms. Some algorithms rank the importance of sentences within the text and then construct a summary out of important sentences, others are end-to-end generative models.

End-to-end machine learning algorithms are interesting to try. After all, end-to-end algorithms demonstrate good results in other areas, like image recognition, speech recognition, language translation, and even question-answering.

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Google Assistant Bot Platform

Google announced Google Assistant bot in May 2016 on Google I/O conference. The bot is integrated into a new messaging application Google Allo that was released on September 21, 2016.

Google Assistant can show weather, news, travel ideas, restaurants, put events on your calendar, and make restaurant reservations. I guess it can do most of the things that Google Now could handle.

Google Assistant is going to be an “uber-bot”: a bot that serves as an entry point for any user requests. The bot can recognize what you are asking and route the request to an appropriate specialized bot. On October 3, 2016, Google announced “Actions on Google” program, which will allow developers to build “actions” for Google Assistant.

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