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Debut of AnswerGrid
posted on Friday, December 19, 2008

For the past six months, we have been working on a new project and today is the day. We are happy to announce our newest project, called AnswerGrid, or AG in short.

What is AG?

AnswerGrid is an expert system, developed by Ziemantics, LLC. Expert systems are artificial intelligence applications. They are designed to answer questions about specific topics that they are trained on.

As its name suggests, AnswerGrid is designed to answer your questions asked in natural language, but it is not like a search engine that presents the list of webpages related to your query. Instead, it gives exact answer in natural language.

What it can do

At its current stage, it is far from being finished, because it has very limited knowledge of the world and it cannot even keep conversation going and remember what you say. To begin with, we chosed the "geography" domain and trained our system on the World FactBook databased published by CIA. This database contains various types of fact-based information about each country in the world

Since we are more focused on making the whole pipeline work as a first step, it is not at its full strenght. It can only answer limited number of questions in geography domain at this point. Such as "What is the capital of France" or "Which european country has the highest unemployment rate".

The future of AG

We are at the very begining of this. By making its debut today, we finished the first milestone. As a second milestone, in upcoming months, we will be implementing new reasoning and representation techniques to improve its capabilities. Maybe more importantly, we like to improve its conversation skills.

And as we go on, we like to model more domains in addition to geography, such as medical, financial and other fact-based scientific domains to prove that our system works on any domain.

To sum up,

At its current level, AG is only a proving ground to show that our preliminary design works. We believe even it has a very limited capacity today, as we improve its design, it will be much more powerful and useful tool for you. We hope you enjoy your time with it and make use of it even with its limited capacity.

So, please visit and ask your geography question. And if you like to learn more about AG and track its development, subscribe to its blog.

Have a good holiday season,

posted on Friday, December 19, 2008 | Permalink ( # )
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