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Cognitive Computing with IBM Watson

By : Rob High, Tanmay Bakshi
Book Image

Cognitive Computing with IBM Watson

By: Rob High, Tanmay Bakshi

Overview of this book

Cognitive computing is rapidly becoming a part of every aspect of our lives through data science, machine learning (ML), and artificial intelligence (AI). It allows computing systems to learn and keep on improving as the amount of data in the system increases. This book introduces you to a whole new paradigm of computing – a paradigm that is totally different from the conventional computing of the Information Age. You will learn the concepts of ML, deep learning (DL), neural networks, and AI with the help of IBM Watson APIs. This book will help you build your own applications to understand, and solve problems, and analyze them as per your needs. You will explore various domains of cognitive computing, such as NLP, voice processing, computer vision, emotion analytics, and conversational systems. Equipped with the knowledge of machine learning concepts, how computers do their magic, and the applications of these concepts, you’ll be able to research and apply cognitive computing in your projects.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
About Packt

Introducing empathy

Empathy is complex. Many animals show signs of understanding the concept of empathy; of course, humans do, as do chimps, elephants, and crows.

To get an understanding of how complex it truly is, and how simple we think it is, if I were to ask you when you learned empathy, what would you answer? You'd probably think it's a trick question. But you'd be wrong—empathy is a learned skill; it's acquired, just like human facial recognition.


The Oxford Dictionary defines empathy as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

In this chapter, while we won't simulate the ability to understand feelings per se, we will create an application that can understand the intended sentiment of a certain natural language passage.

From there, we'll take a look at another aspect of empathy—understanding an individual’s personality based on the way they write.

Understanding the complexities of sentiment

Sentiment is complex because it's a human feeling, and it's represented in...