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Anti-Swearing AI Takes the Edge Off Abuse on Reddit and Twitter


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An artificial intelligence-based system developed by IBM can translate offensive comments on social media into more polite language.

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IBM researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that translates offensive comments on social media into more polite language, while keeping the content intact.

The researchers created the system by collecting nearly 10 million posts from Twitter and Reddit and labeling them as either containing offensive language or not.

The team then created an AI algorithm comprised of several components; one parsed a given offensive sentence to determine its meaning, while another generated a more benign version of the message. A third system component evaluated the translated sentence to see if its tone has changed; the system is able to tweak a revamped sentence if it has strayed too far from the original meaning.

The AI proved more accurate than a state-of-the-art text translation algorithm.

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