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When semantic extraction goes horribly, horribly wrong

Last post 10-03-2009 3:13 AM by Nyquist. 75 replies.
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  • 09-05-2009 8:36 PM

    When semantic extraction goes horribly, horribly wrong

    So there's this company called NetBase that develops data-mining applications. And they decided to release a public demo of one of their applications under development, a health-oriented semantic search engine called HealthBase, promoting it with press releases aplenty.

    Problem is, they didn't bother to actually test their application thoroughly before deploying it. Which is a particularly troublesome issue when your data set includes a good deal of non-medical data... such as Wikipedia.

    The result? As this TechCrunch article points out, one of the causes of AIDS was listed as "Jew"-- because the system mistook the verb "aids" in a Wikipedia article for a reference to the disease. Even worse, clicking on the link to "Jew" revealed that treatments for that condition include coarse salt and Dr. Pepper.

    They've fixed some of the really glaring examples by now, but the service still offers up quite a bit of hilarity. For instance, one of the causes of ADHD is "campus", while one of the possible treatments for it is a "rat". And treatments for depression include the Great Depression, the gold standard, the Canadian Shield, regression analysis, and 3-tesla proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

    More hilarious results can be found in the comments to this post at Language Log. Some of them have been fixed since the comments were posted; others remain as utterly absurd as ever.

  • 09-05-2009 11:16 PM In reply to

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    I love this one:


    Information technology not available until further notice. The political trolls won. Wake me up when the discussion is more interesting then YouTube comments.

  • 09-06-2009 12:00 AM In reply to

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    Locked Reply Contact

    This is epic. I guess I'll have something to spend the next few hours with.

  • 09-06-2009 12:10 AM In reply to

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    Personally, I love that the treatments for Linux include tar and Caucho Resin under chemicals, and Wine, Cactus, Juice and Lotus under food and plants.

  • 09-06-2009 12:38 AM In reply to

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    codeman38:

    Personally, I love that the treatments for Linux include tar and Caucho Resin under chemicals, and Wine, Cactus, Juice and Lotus under food and plants.

    Don't forget the #1 treatment: Windows.

    (Not trying to start a flamewar, just stating the "facts")


    Information technology not available until further notice. The political trolls won. Wake me up when the discussion is more interesting then YouTube comments.

  • 09-06-2009 1:39 AM In reply to

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    This is the ultimate time-waster. I hope it's not blocked at the office.

     

  • 09-06-2009 5:40 AM In reply to

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    Cons of anonymous: Threaten life, HIV-1 infection, Attack user...
    I hate tags

  • 09-06-2009 5:45 AM In reply to

    • Evo
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     I find the downsides of "data mining" quite funny ;-).

    And how "bullshit" seems to "add new value"

  • 09-06-2009 5:47 AM In reply to

    • Evo
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     Sorry for yet another post. I just concidered "hell" hilarious, as it informed me it threats medical disorders.

  • 09-06-2009 5:53 AM In reply to

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    Evo:
     I find the downsides of "data mining" quite funny ;-).
    But those of "artificial intelligence" are so much more epic. I mean, we knew that it can lead to "Third World War" from several novels / movies, but who wudda thought it could cause "Cancer" and "Mad Cow Desease"?

    Edit: Oh, and "Third World War" can cause controversial issues, decimate the earth, destroy the world, and even cause extreme poverty and a famine! Worst of all, it will fail a Google test! Good thing it can also provide a solution: it will solve humanitarian problems, clean water, renew life and even bring earth! ... Too bad earth won't experience its bringing as it will have been decimated.
    I hate tags

  • 09-06-2009 10:43 AM In reply to

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    Really?  Mario must've been on to something.

  • 09-06-2009 10:44 AM In reply to

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     "Bolshevik Revolution" is listed as the number 2 cause of Democrats.  Seems pretty accurate to me.

  • 09-06-2009 11:01 AM In reply to

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     Right.......


     Who knew having fun can cause so many problems?

     

    ...

  • 09-06-2009 12:20 PM In reply to

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    The worst one I found was 'Causes of Obama', which includes "NPOV addition".

    Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/IncidentArchive472
    His reasoning is that since this NPOV addition could possibly hurt Obama, it's a "sneak attack on article neutrality." ?
    this is just another failed sneak attack on article neutrality This is Wikidemon's description of the addition of POV-balanced information to an article that does not mention Obama. His reasoning is that since this NPOV addition could possibly hurt Obama, it's a "sneak attack on article neutrality." If another soul in this galaxy thinks that there is something to that argument, please see the section that was added. Does anytone else think that this is the way we should consider edits -- whether they might be embarassing to candidates we like or don't like?

     In other worse, they're blithely reading non-article namespaces off Wikipedia. Whoopsies.

    :(){ :|:& };:
  • 09-06-2009 2:32 PM In reply to

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    fennec:
     In other worse, they're blithely reading non-article namespaces off Wikipedia. Whoopsies.

    And another search, "angst", turns up an Amazon.com review in its results-- specifically, of Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men In Tights. (Not to mention thinking that a bad English accent is some type of food.)

  • 09-06-2009 3:15 PM In reply to

    • Nelle
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    Re: When semantic extraction goes horribly, horribly wrong

    Drug & Medications for will smith (1)

    + Genetically modified virus 

     

    Cons of britney spears (20)

    + Enemy

    + Evil

     

    its interesting that they have tons of stuff on capitalism, however they have nothing on communism ...
     

    and its pretty accurate on the "memory leak" ...
  • 09-06-2009 4:04 PM In reply to

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    Also, Impact iz fud nao. http://healthbase.netbase.com/#lolcat&Treatments

    And alcohol prevents you from becoming invisible: http://healthbase.netbase.com/#invisibility&Treatments

    Unfortunately, it has no treatments for Community Server, Blackboard, or stupidity. Useless pile of junk.

     

    It does list "fire department" as a treatment for "fire". +1.

  • 09-06-2009 4:23 PM In reply to

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    It is actually accurate, assuming your copy of IE is stored on magnetic media. MRI machines have big magnets :D

  • 09-06-2009 4:48 PM In reply to

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    Drug & Medications for love (17)

    Vitamin A
    Chan Su
    Insulin
    Love hormone
    Low fat diet

    Treatments for love (53)

    Album
    Feeling
    God
    Relationship
    Health care provider

    Food & Plants for love (7)

    Magical juice
    Onion
    Valentine's Veal
    Flower
    Maturing seed
     
     
    I wonder what this "Magical juice" is...
  • 09-06-2009 4:56 PM In reply to

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     Drug & Medications for hate (15)

    Android
    Valium
    Numerous trap
    Healthy fat
    Humalog

    Treatments for hate (30)

    Album
    Colbie Caillat's Bubbly
    God
    Father
    Fergie's Clumsy

    Food & Plants for hate (2)

    Tart cherry juice
    Garli
     
     
    Looks like Love and Hate have more in common than i thought, both can be treated by god :-)
     
  • 09-06-2009 7:17 PM In reply to

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    I wonder how much Microsoft had to pay the IUPAC to put their name on the element. Before long, we'll be seeing "Adobe Nitrogen" and "Google Ununoctium".

    I have no words for this one.

    Rubber hose?

  • 09-06-2009 8:05 PM In reply to

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    Oh well, looks like the media was right all along.

    Luckily, there are treatments.

  • 09-06-2009 9:49 PM In reply to

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    One of the complications of blindness is... blindness. Who knew?

    And one of the complications of deafness is... yep, you guessed it... deafness.

  • 09-06-2009 11:23 PM In reply to

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    codeman38:
    One of the complications of blindness is... blindness. Who knew?

    No problem. It can be treated with a non-profit organization, or by careful application of color.

  • 09-07-2009 8:22 AM In reply to

    • yuumei
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    Treatments for peace (56)
    + Peace Of Mind
    + War
    + Peace initiative
    ...
    Ok, yeah
    ...
    + Condom
    ...
    Right :/

  • 09-07-2009 9:25 AM In reply to

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    At first I was worried, but then I remembered that this is the internet.

     

  • 09-07-2009 4:12 PM In reply to

    • AltSysrq
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    Complications of Netbase:
    Hosted erotic art
    Sponsoring child pornography

  • 09-07-2009 6:45 PM In reply to

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     One of the causes of bullshit is bible. That's got to be at least as offensive as the original mentioned in the article.

  • 09-07-2009 8:34 PM In reply to

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     I see it agrees with me:

     Complications of FreeBSD

    Found 0 Complications from 0 records. backback
     
    Oh, and
     

    Food & Plants for FreeBSD (1)

    WINE
     
    While

    Drug & Medications for FreeBSD (2)

    TFTP is an  Organic Chemical

    and Solaris patch is an Biomed Material

     

    Extracted from EM radiation remaining from the end of previous universe -
    //Quantum Bogosort.cpp - Implement Quantum bogosort Algorythym
    // (c) Jamie Bean
    // Dedicated to my brillant mum, Paula
  • 09-08-2009 7:44 AM In reply to

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    Gotta love the treatments for pedophile

    http://healthbase.netbase.com/#pedophile&Treatments

    Especially church ordination.

  • 09-08-2009 10:34 AM In reply to

    • Vechni
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    SEEMS PRETTY ACCURATE FOR "BALTIMORE"

     

     

    Drug & Medication for Baltimore
    -Antibody
    -Heroin adulterant
    -Cocaine
    -Ethanol
    -BBL agar


    Treatments for Baltimore
    - Intramural Research Program
    - Bus
    - Generous gift
    - Legislation
    - Ordinance


    Cons of Baltimore
    - Baltimore
    - Abuse Women
    - Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
    - Abortion
    - Far greater decline

    Tier 3 internets explorer
  • 09-08-2009 12:07 PM In reply to

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    Nelle:
    its interesting that they have tons of stuff on capitalism, however they have nothing on communism ...

    This is a health-oriented site.  Clearly they are expecting Obama to bring the Communism.

    Let the healing begin!

  • I may not agree with everything Morbs just said, but he expresses himself in a way that is dignified, respectful, polite and non-threatening!
  • 09-08-2009 12:08 PM In reply to

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    vt_mruhlin:

    "Bolshevik Revolution" is listed as the number 2 cause of Democrats.  Seems pretty accurate to me.

    What's number 1?  Traumatic brain damage?

    Let the healing begin!

  • I may not agree with everything Morbs just said, but he expresses himself in a way that is dignified, respectful, polite and non-threatening!
  • 09-08-2009 12:55 PM In reply to

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    Sounds like they got the entry for Prison correct:

    Complications of prison

    Abuse alcohol
  • 09-08-2009 3:12 PM In reply to

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     I just checked out the 'Complications of ASP.Net' thing again (it was a link to the site) and while I'm not surprised that it was gone, I was surprised to see a cute message about "Hi, welcome to our site, it's about health; yeah, you may see odd things from time to time in other topics". [ok]

    :(){ :|:& };:
  • 09-09-2009 12:00 AM In reply to

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    Who knew? But somehow, I don't think treating it with Excel VBA will be effective.

    Causes of VBA

    Chiropractic manipulation

     

    Treatments for VBA

    Drug & Medications for VBA

    Ligand
    Eosin Y

    Treatments for VBA

    Voxel Based Analysis (Voxel based analysis method)
    Excel
  • 09-09-2009 12:14 AM In reply to

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    And now it's time for philosophy class:

    Causes of life:

    FM
    Gram-positive
    HIV
    Inflammatory bowel disease
    Leishmania parasite
    Low blood sugar
    Parkinson's disease
    Placental abruption
    Postpartum psychosis
    Spinal cord injury

    Pros of life:

    Provide new insight
    Provide information
    Accomplish research
    Add end
    Annotate phylogenetic tree
    Assess burden
    Assess quality
    Avoid ventilator induced lung injury
    Determine thoracic radiotherapy strategy
    Eradicate cancer
     

    Cons of life:

    CSF leak
    Allergic inflammation
    Bad event
    Cancer
    Develop panic related symptom
    Disease relapse
    Dissatisfaction
    Enlargement
    Etiology
    Hamper use

    So one of the cons of life is cancer, but don't worry; one of the pros of life is "Eradicate cancer", presumably via "Accomplish research". Just watch out for those bad events.

    Also, "enlargement" is a bad thing? Just as well I never replied to all those emails then.

  • 09-09-2009 12:18 AM In reply to

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    OK, one more: if your kids want to know where babies come from...

    Causes of baby

    Medication (medicine,drug)
  • 09-09-2009 12:40 AM In reply to

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    Scarlet Manuka:
    Causes of baby

    Medication (medicine,drug)
     

    how is babby formed?
    how girl get pragnent?

    :(){ :|:& };:
  • 09-09-2009 12:51 AM In reply to

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    The National Child Abuse Hotline provides 24-hour support for parents. It provides free information and advice, ranging from prevention of child abuse to basic information about the normal growth and development of children.

    Oh the humanity.

    Causes of child abuse:

    • Parent
    • Radiologist
    • Family
    • Father
    • History
    • Parental alcohol use
    • At-risk families
    • Abuse

    Indeed, we find that "Radiologists play key role in child abuse cases" says a University of Kentucky study in NewsRX. Fortunately, they can be treated with curriculum vitae, T Stat, heparinized saline, alcohol, and anticoagulant medication.

    :(){ :|:& };:
  • 09-09-2009 12:08 PM In reply to

    • Anguirel
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    Great, now I'm going to be playing with this all day.  It's so addicting! 

  • 09-09-2009 12:33 PM In reply to

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     The Java one is pretty good.  Apparently the treatment for Java is cocaine, awsome.

    f

     

    snoofle:
    Better solution: get a few developer friends and concurrently beat him with multiple copies of the good Java book to illustrate proper parallel processing.
  • 09-09-2009 1:59 PM In reply to

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    HealthBase knows how to deal with those damn nips:

     lol

  • 09-09-2009 3:50 PM In reply to

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    The Real WTF:

    HealthBase knows how to deal with those damn nips:

     lol

     

    We already tried irradiating them and all it got us was anime.

    Let the healing begin!

  • I may not agree with everything Morbs just said, but he expresses himself in a way that is dignified, respectful, polite and non-threatening!
  • 09-09-2009 5:47 PM In reply to

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    My favorite, so far, involves two interpretations of how Obama came to be where he is today.  

    The first is rooted in fairly reasonable speculation regarding the American media:

     Causes of Obama:

    + Large advertising effort

    The second...  Well, I'm not quite sure how this theory came to be:

     Causes of Obama:

    + Blow

  • 09-09-2009 6:03 PM In reply to

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     Nuts... they've stopped using Wikipedia as a search source.  This will seriously put a crimp on the availible hillarity out of this application.

    Thankfully, some fun is still to be had just from searching the medical journals:

    Complications of education:

    + Childhood obesity (okay...)

    + Delayed Awareness (I see.)

    + Tourette Syndrome (What?)

  • 09-09-2009 6:37 PM In reply to

    • ds0
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    Well, they remembered to comment "death" out. Still have some good ones.

  • 09-09-2009 7:03 PM In reply to

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    Let the healing begin!

  • I may not agree with everything Morbs just said, but he expresses himself in a way that is dignified, respectful, polite and non-threatening!
  • 09-10-2009 8:09 AM In reply to

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    Causes of "New York":

    • cancer
    • CHF
    • PVC
    • Allergen
    • Aquatic alien species
    • Congestive heart failure
    • Famotidine

    You see, it wasn't the Dutch - it were aliens all along!

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