“When humans own horses, humans groom and ride horses.” http://tinyurl.com/ydvf7vg
The TinyURL expands out to an address like: http://openmind.media.mit.edu/en/assertion/143313/
The aim of the site is to build a large repository of common-sense knowledge, exactly the kind of knowledge that humans take for granted and never write down as statements for a computer to understand. Currently it tracks over 1,026,553 statements.
Using the link you can vote on the concept. Vote up if the concept is solid (i.e. something a human would say is ‘right’) or down if it is wrong, silly or erroneous. The site supports OpenID which makes starting a touch easier.
My goal with this bot is to remind people every day to vote on the concepts and to add new knowledge. If a concept has many votes then we can have faith that it is ‘common-sense knowledge’. If a concept is voted down enough then we can have faith that it is ‘unhelpful or wrong’.
I’ve written the bot in Python using PyYAML, Python-tinyurl and Python-twitter. It runs every day via a cron job. It works by guessing a random id for a raw_assertion and checking to see if a concept lives at the URL. See this XML example for id 143313, I extract the .yaml version via PyYAML but the .xml version renders nicely in your browser if you want a peek.
ConceptNet’s web API is well documented. ConceptNet itself is written in Python using Django but I’m not using the downloaded version here, just the web API.
My first Twitter bot – @BrightonJobDoom:
Just in case you live here in Brighton you might want to track @BrightonJobDoom to see how healthy (or…not) the job market is in the UK during this rather wobbly recession 🙂 I wrote this bot for our £5 App’s 5k coding competition.
Ian is a Chief Interim Data Scientist via his Mor Consulting. Sign-up for Data Science tutorials in London and to hear about his data science thoughts and jobs. He lives in London, is walked by his high energy Springer Spaniel and is a consumer of fine coffees.