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Submission + - Will a computer win your March Madness pool? (

wan-fu writes: More and more often, computers are making predictions. In some cases, computers are better at predicting things than humans are, as in the case of spam. Other times, computers perform far worse such as detecting objects within images. This year, algorithms will be participating in a contest to see just how well computers can predict the winners of this year's NCAA tournament games. Contest submissions are still open until 3/18 at 1am. Has the time come when algorithms will outperform the sports analysts?

Submission + - Wordnet - Freebase project needs human brain (

An anonymous reader writes: its an exciting week on freebase, as the much-discussed idea of connecting freebase to wordnet is now under-way.

wordnet and freebase are both very large and very complementary open-licensed databases, and connecting them together will enable the creation of very intelligent software.

because this requires 'connecting the meanings', and not the words, automatic reconciliation (atleast in the beginning) is far too difficult. Freebase has made a data-game to let people solve these connections very quickly.

so if you are excited about semantic software, and have time this week, check out

the mappings, like everything in freebase, is creative commons.

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