Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A filter for "Stupidity"

A team of American scientists are developing the “StupidFilter” – an open-source filter software that will be able to detect “rampant stupidity” of web-content in written English. Similarly to the way spam recognizing software detects suspicious e-mails, the “StupidFilter” will look for pre-fed words or sign combinations that characterize stupidity, assigning particular tokens with different weights based on how often they occur in hand-picked examples of idiotic comments. The developers are using weighted Bayesian analysis along with some rules-based processing, similar to spam detection engines, in order to efficiently distinguish unacceptable messages among the submitted texts.

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My concern is: How do they know what is stupid and what is not?
And isn't it arrogant to think: You can say whatever you like, as long as it is what I like and think intelligent? But who is going to filter the "intelligent" comments?
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