Computers can do analogies

Because I had read Peter‘s papers, I knew that computers could solve analogies. However, seeing it with your eyes is quite impressive. TextRunner can solve analogies online (though the site is a bit slow). (Update: the site is now down.)

What does it mean? I asked it “Quebec is to Canada what New Jersey is to ?” and it told me “USA.” Right! I wonder how many human beings could get this one right?

It still failed once I made things a bit more difficult. I asked it “a pen is to a writer what a hammer is to ?” and then it just answered nonsense because, apparently, it does not understand (?) that a writer is a person, in this context.

Still, I had a good time.

Source: Peter Turney.

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Daniel Lemire

A computer science professor at the University of Quebec (TELUQ).

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