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Grace Hopper invented #cobol  (among other things). COBOL lives on, keeping her memory and accomplishments alive for us. This is one of my favorite Google Doodles. It is perfect; every detail is correct, and beautiful. Thank you, +Research at Google.
 
How many women can you name who have both a supercomputer and a U.S Navy destroyer named after them? Grace Hopper—who we’re celebrating with a doodle today in the U.S.—is one. “Amazing Grace”’s contributions to computer science made her a pioneer in the field. She created the first compiler for a programming language and led the development of COBOL, the first modern programming language. Happy 107th birthday to Grace Hopper!
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Google Research goes beyond n-grams! Last year, the Google n-gram repository was finally updated with version 2 data, in July. Now they are more publicly making use of their 2010 acquisition of +Freebase and the semantic web-y Internet of Things. I am curious if Google has also integrated #needlebase , a very fine online tool for natural language processing-related (and other sorts of) data analysis. Needlebase was a Google acquisition in 2010 or so, and went offline in July 2012. I have an account on Freebase, but have not found it easy to use. I am very, very curious how Google is able to extract meaningful information from it, as it was kind of a mess the last time I checked. It is indeed vast, and comprehensive, but it requires lots of human organizing, or so it seemed to me. I love ngrams, or for my purposes which are merely casual, recreational NLP
 
11 Billion Clues in 800 Million Documents: A Web Research Corpus Annotated with Freebase Concepts
Posted by +Dave Orr, +Amar Subramanya, +Evgeniy Gabrilovich, and +Michael Ringgaard, Google Research

“I assume that by knowing the truth you mean knowing things as they really are.” - Plato

When you type in a search query -- perhaps Plato -- are you interested in the string of letters you typed? Or the concept or entity represented by that string? But knowing that the string represents something real and meaningful only gets you so far in computational linguistics or information retrieval -- you have to know what the string actually refers to.

The Knowledge Graph (http://goo.gl/sLsqp) and Freebase (http://goo.gl/h3sr) are databases of things, not strings, and references to them let you operate in the realm of concepts and entities rather than strings and n-grams. We’ve previously released data to help with disambiguation (http://goo.gl/20wNW) and recently awarded $1.2M in research grants to work on related problems (http://goo.gl/rheXN).

Today we’re taking another step: releasing data consisting of nearly 800 million documents automatically annotated with over 11 billion references to Freebase entities. To learn more details, and to download the data, visit the Google Research Blog, linked below.
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Last one, merely a month late!
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Here's something silly, and funny!
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From a credible source! No... not Mashable! Well, not per se
I guess a better way of wording that would be "recommended by a credible source".
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Getting image and photos to display better is something everyone is interested in, whether enterprise or not! Very good idea to do this.
 
Google+ Photos Tips & Tricks

Yesterday evening +Brian Rose, +Vincent Mo, +Aubrey Gates and I did a panel at the +Google+ Photographer's Conference where we shared some of our stories, favorite tips and tricks for Google+ photos, and answered questions that we got here on Google+ and from the audience.

So if you want to pick up a few useful tips and hear a few fun stories make sure to watch the video of the session!

fast forward to about the 2:00 mark to get to the start of the session
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Somehow... #android  was there too. Lower left corner, the little green guy!
 
Sound familiar? ➜ http://muo.fm/QMxHzM
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Very BIG data plus Wikipedia via Research at Google: Does more data compensate for idiomatic and contextual complexity of natural language? Maybe.
 
Collaborating with UMass Amherst researchers Sameer Singh and Andrew McCallum, Google Research has released the Wikilinks Corpus, consisting of 40 million disambiguated mentions within roughly 10 million web pages.  By compiling the associations of unique wikipedia URLs (entities) linked to by the hypertext (anchors) of weblinks, the Wikilinks Corpus can help computers with the task of disambiguation (if someone says Stanford, are they referring to a university, a city, or a person?) -- something humans do incredibly well.

To read more about how to obtain the data, and ideas for what you can do with it, head over to the Research Blog post linked below
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Here are some posts from December, to get caught up!
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Now THIS is what super-computing was intended for!
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In the not-affiliated-with-Google Googleplex is my hobby blog about Google products, news, humor, trivia, images, history. And infrequently, some serious items like internet policy and GOOG Inc updates for investors.