In my experience, booking a flight and hotel accommodation halfway across the world is easier than organizing a trip via public transportation. Buying a train ticket isn’t difficult, but when you have to combine different modes of transportation, it becomes increasingly complicated with every connection and timetable you encounter.
I’ll share the example of my search to find a route that takes me from the city of Modena in northern Italy to the city Latina, several hours south on the outskirts of Rome, for an afternoon meeting. This route requires a bus to the Modena station, finding the [...]
This blog is a cross post from Smart Data Collective.
Where there is information, there is also software trying to make sense of it and traditionally, this software is based on keyword technologies. These technologies are so widely used that it is common to think that using keywords is an easy and effective way to access and analyze information. But in reality, this is not completely true.
Keyword technologies use probabilistic algorithms that focus on matching and are not able to make sense of the exact meaning of each word in search. Today’s businesses are dealing not only [...]
Although there are several tools for automatic categorization, the main approaches are essentially three: keywords, statistical and rules-based systems.
Keyword systems require a list of terms that describe the knowledge/content. For those who are not linguistics or knowledge experts it may be not easy to immediately identify the basic categories (or knowledge domains) and all of the terms that describe their content for the success of their project.
Statistical systems sound appealing because they seem fully automatic. But this is not true. It is a classic, top-down, theoretical approach which typically results in a taxonomy that is [...]
Recent events related to the problems with HealthCare.gov seem to confirm the famous line (at least in the world of software) that “nobody ever got fired for buying IBM.”
The success of HealthCare.gov, opened to the public on October 1, depends in part on the ability to quickly resolve technical problems associated with the site. In the recent New York Times article that highlighted the multitude of problems with the site, one vendor, MarkLogic, was singled out as a possible culprit: “Some of the companies building the system opposed an early decision by the Medicare agency to use [...]