NELL – Never-Ending Language Learning – Read the Web
Can computers learn to read? They think so. “Read the Web” is a research project that attempts to create a computer system that learns over time to read the web. Since January 2010, their computer system called NELL (Never-Ending Language Learner) has been running continuously, attempting to perform two tasks each day: •First, it attempts to “read,” or extract facts from text found in hundreds of millions of web pages (e.g., playsInstrument(George_Harrison, guitar)). •Second, it attempts to improve its reading competence, so that tomorrow it can extract more facts from the web, more accurately. So far, NELL has accumulated over 50 million candidate beliefs by reading the web, and it is considering these at different levels of confidence. NELL has high confidence in 2,115,119 of these beliefs — these are displayed on this website. It is not perfect, but NELL is learning. This has been added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This will be added to Knowledge Discovery Subject Tracer™.