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Adding multilingual support to any algorithm: pre-translation in NLP

We often get asked about if we’re planning on adding any non-English NLP algorithms. As much as we would love to train NLP models on other languages, there aren’t many usable training datasets in these languages. And, due to the linguistic structure of these languages, training with pre-existing approaches doesn’t always give the best results.

Until better training sets can be generated, one passable solution is to translate the text to English before sending it to the algorithm. Read More…

Introduction to Character Recognition

This is easy to understand, right?

easy ocr

How about this? A bit harder?

moderate natural

Are you able to decipher this one at all?

hard natural
courtesy of Faris Algosaibi

The first example can be easily recognized by most character recognition algorithms. However, as your text gets progressively more complex, this seemingly simple task becomes more and more difficult for even the best machine learning algorithms to successfully complete. Read More…

Traveling Salesman by API

Traveling Salesman is one of the classic NP-Hard problems: finding the optimal solution can take a long time, but there are some great shortcuts available which come close! Algorithmia now brings you a fast, near-optimal way to find the fastest route through multiple cities, thanks to the power of Genetic Algorithms and easily-accessible APIs. Read More…

Rapidly Extract Information from Public Websites

We have a lot of fun, heavy-hitting algorithms in our marketplace: deep-learning tools like Image Tagger and pipelining mechanisms such as Video Metadata Extraction are designed to bring the power of Machine Learning to your app via easy-to-use APIs.

But sometimes, all you need to do is extract some simple information from publicly available sources: for example, finding all the email addresses of a company’s C-Suite, or summarizing the topic pages of a FAQ. You could accomplish some of it with a Python script and some RegEx magic, but that wouldn’t bring the benefits of a remote API: datacenter-grade network connections, multiple IPs, and distributed parallel processing. And it wouldn’t give you access to more complex algos such as automatic tagging or sentiment analysis. With Algorithmia, you get all the benefits of the cloud without having to build and host your own workers, plus the combined experience of our growing network of experienced algorithm developers. Read More…