Facebook unveils deep learning-based text understanding engine

Facebook on Wednesday unveiled DeepText, a deep learning-based tool it’s using to help it make sense of the mountains of unstructured data that live on the social network. The text understanding engine, Facebook says, can understand with near-human accuracy the textual content of a thousand posts per second, in more than 20 languages. “Understanding the various ways text is used on Facebook can help us improve people’s experiences with our products, whether we’re surfacing more of the content that people want to see or filtering out undesirable content like spam,” the company said in a blog post. DeepText is already being used for some applications, such as Facebook Messenger. For example, if someone types that they need a taxi, the tool can help send the user a prompt to call…

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