Manually Install Oracle Java CLI Style

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This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series (CLI) tutorial

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series (CLI) tutorialThis how-to is a command-line instruction (CLI) tutorial, a step-by-step guide to manually install Oracle’s Java from a precompiled bin. I’m using Ubuntu server 13.04 and JDK7 in this example, however you could substitute any of the JKD versions and Linux distribution as by […]

From the Cyber Front

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This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series DarkBot

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series DarkBotLet me break down the L33t (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leet) for you and take the time to officially thank you. Especially, I would like to thank all of the n00bs out there that make my job easy. You know who you are; all those n00bs using your computers without […]

The Dark Underside of the Internet

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This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series DarkBot

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series DarkBotIn this series of articles, you will be exposed to the dark side of the Internet. Through interviews, independent research and real-world examples, you will experience the dangers of the World Wide Web.Travel with me down the “rabbit hole” as we explore the dark side […]

Improving Chatbot Accuracy -Draft

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This entry is part 5 of 13 in the series The State of Chatbots

This entry is part 5 of 13 in the series The State of ChatbotsResearchers have employed a variety of methods to improve their chatbot’s accuracy. Most current chatbots use a dialog management module and knowledge base and rules, which they use with templates to match user input. Improving chatbot accuracy may be accomplished through expanding […]

Improving Human-Like Qualities of Chatbots -Draft

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This entry is part 4 of 13 in the series The State of Chatbots

This entry is part 4 of 13 in the series The State of ChatbotsSome researchers are designing chatbots with the intent of integrating more natural human-like interactions (De Angeli & Brahnam, 2008). Specifically, the developer may program certain responses that would sacrifice accuracy, but confer more human-like traits (Sing et al., 2006). For example, if […]

Building Better Chatbots -Draft

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This entry is part 3 of 13 in the series The State of Chatbots

This entry is part 3 of 13 in the series The State of ChatbotsThe major goal of building a better chatbot is to improve its interactions with humans. A wide variety of techniques including developing different architectures, incorporating quirks or tricks, or using different machine learning approaches have been used to improve either chatbot accuracy […]

How do Humans View Chatbots? -Draft

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This entry is part 2 of 13 in the series The State of Chatbots

This entry is part 2 of 13 in the series The State of ChatbotsSince chatbots have moved into the public realm, there has been interest in evaluating how users interact with chatbots. For example, after analyzing conversations with the chatbot jabberwacky, one study found that the topics and style of conversations were broad (De Angeli […]

Rule-Based Conversation -Draft

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This entry is part 1 of 13 in the series The State of Chatbots

This entry is part 1 of 13 in the series The State of ChatbotsThe majority of current chatbots use a rule-based approach to interact with the user. In order to imitate human conversations, developers use a linguistic model combined with computational algorithms to build chatbots. Depending on the chatbot, rules can be based on simple […]

Natural Language Processing -Draft

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This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series The State of Chatbots

This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series The State of ChatbotsChatbots need to effectively process natural language. Since starting around the 1960’s, natural language processing (NLP) research has had slow progress until the 1990’s (Lester, Branting, & Mott, 2004). NLP research has been greatly enhanced by development of large corpora of tagged […]

How Chatbots Work -Draft

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This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series The State of Chatbots

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series The State of ChatbotsThe goal of a chatbot is to simulate the human use of language which brings up several questions. How do humans use language between themselves in similar settings? How can computers be made to understand natural language? How does the chatbot know […]