News

By Adrian Bridgewater, Dr.Dobb’s, October 22, 2014

http://www.drdobbs.com/tools/new-natural-language-processing-api-port/240169200

Semantic network-based NLP technology with hyponyms, hypernyms, synonyms, and lemmatization Human language big data company LinguaSys has created a new API portal called GlobalNLP to reach what it calls “the flourishing global developer population” building Natural Language Processing (NLP) applications with their own business logic.

GlobalNLP understands and extracts meaning from unstructured or conversational text to comprehend the meaning of textual human dialog across over 20 languages.

LinguaSys works across the “more challenging” Asian and Middle Eastern languages with high-quality semantics. There are customizable language models, attribute tags, concept tagging, domain detection, full semantic network, hyponyms, hypernyms, synonyms, keyword extraction, language detection, lemmatization, morphology, parsing, part of speech tagging, relation extraction, sentiment analysis, translation, transliteration, crosslingual retrieval, anaphora resolution, and natural language interfaces.

The company provides services to developers via RESTful cloud-based API connectivity with up to 20 API calls a minute, and up to 500 API calls a month — free — to test.

“LinguaSys is also making Story Mapper available on GlobalNLP. [This] provides insights to media intelligence companies, analyzing large volumes of unstructured text in native languages, then categorizing and summarizing the data,” said Brian Garr, CEO of LinguaSys.

Story Mapper searches big data, social media, news feeds, and other digital text for content, sentiment, names, quotations and relationships, extracting facts, topics, events, assessing tone, and determining prominence, relevance, and the dependence of entities in multiple original languages.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014


By Patricio Robles, ProgrammableWeb, October 20, 2014

http://www.programmableweb.com/news/linguasys-launching-globalnlp-api-natural-language-processing-cloud/2014/10/20

Human language technology company LinguaSys is this week launching an API offering that allows developers to use its GlobalNLP natural language processing software in the cloud.

Using the GlobalNLP API, developers can access a suite of core natural language processing offerings that include: concept tagging, domain detection, keyword extraction, language detection, lemmatization, morphology, part of speech tagging, relation extraction, sentiment analysis and transliteration. The API supports more than 20 languages, including Asian and Middle Eastern languages, which the company notes are more challenging to deal with.

According to LinguaSys CEO Brian Garr, “GlobalNLP creates opportunities for developers to access hereto unavailable, or highly expensive linguistic capabilities, such as anaphora resolution, or something as simple, but complex, as tokenization for Asian languages without spaces or punctuation.”

Garr says that the GlobalNLP API, which is based on LinguaSys’ proprietary Carabao Linguistic Virtual Machine, is differentiated in a number of ways from other natural language processing solutions it competes against. For instance, “we do all linguistic determinations in the source language, using a large vocabulary, full sentence semantic model. We don’t ‘hunt for words’, we actually understand the whole utterance,” he stated.

Related: How 5 Natural Language Processing APIs Stack Up

For developers needing access to higher level natural language processing solution, LinguaSys is also offering an API for its StoryMapper solution. As Garr explained to me, “Story Mapper turns content, such as news stories, into highly tagged XML output, including the general theme of the story, was it positive or negative, what were the major entities and who said what about them. This does in minutes what it used to take people hours to do.”

LinguaSys’ API portal contains documentation for both APIs and contains code samples for a variety of languages, including JavaScript, C#, Python, PHP, Java and Ruby. The company is encouraging developers to test its APIs by offering a free tier that includes 500 API calls a month. Paid packages offer up to 5,000 calls per week or 100,000 calls per week for $99 per month and $1,499 per month, respectively. For companies with greater needs, LinguaSys can quote a custom package.

Betting on APIs

The market for natural language processing technology has grown rapidly as companies grapple with making sense of all the big data they’re generating and have access to. From social media to public data sets, there is no shortage of opportunities to turn raw, semi-structured information into actionable intelligence and numerous companies are offering natural language processing APIs to take advantage of those opportunities.

Given the demand for natural language processing technology, Garr expects his new API to be a crucial part of his company’s business going forward. “We think the future for our business is in highly available, highly affordable, highly accurate APIs to handle a multitude of language related business problems,” he told me.

With that in mind, Garr revealed that LinguaSys is working to make its multilingual natural language understanding technology available as an API.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014


By Amy Stapleton, Technology of Virtual Agents, Virtual Agent Chat, November 4, 2014

http://virtualagentchat.com/category/technology-of-virtual-agents/

I’m not a linguist. Quite honestly, the vast majority of what LinguaSys is offering (for free for up to 20 API calls a minute and up to 500 calls a month, I might add) in their robust GlobalNLP platform are things I don’t even understand (lemmatization, stemming, and morphological synthesis anyone?). But what I do get is that GlobalNLP offers a ton of extremely useful capability to anyone who needs to process language input to run their applications. In fact, the GlobalNLP platform is built on LinguaSys’s Carabao Linguistic Virtual Machine, offering the same tools and underlying semantic library that’s used by top companies to process language input in a multitude of different languages for a variety of business critical use cases.

I signed up for the developer platform and tried it out as best I could. Though I’m not a programmer, the API library is super easy to use and it even comes with a testing function. You can actually execute the APIs right from the library without any need for setting up a development platform. The “Open Console” feature allows you to input data into all the API’s parameters and execute the function. The resulting output is published at the bottom of the screen, so you can see exactly what you’d get if you were running the API from your own program.

The GlobalNLP is a full suite of tools. There are APIs for detecting the language, parsing sentences, translating, and more. The site comes with a very thorough Q&A section, lots of helpful documentation, and an online support forum.  Each API also comes with helpful source code examples in a wide variety of popular programming languages.

I put several of the APIs through their paces. The detectlanguage API does a great job at ferreting out the language of text input. I tried some German, French, and Spanish and the API always came back with the correct answer. I even tried to trick is by entering a mix of languages, but it did a good job at determining which one was dominant in the phrase.

The parse API is fun to use, as well as the listSenses API, which helps to decipher the words in a search query, enabling you to better understand the user’s intent with the search. The translate function is fun to try out too, although it’s not designed to compete with human translation. Instead, the LinguaSys automated translation is based on a semantic model that is intended to give you a gist of the source.

If you’re developing an app that needs to interpret language input in different languages, or if you want your existing app to go global, you’ll definitely want to explore the possibilities offered by LinguaSys’s GlobalNLP.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Opus Research

By on October 21, 2014

http://opusresearch.net/wordpress/2014/10/21/linguasys-launches-api-portal-for-natural-language-processing-platform-globalnlp/

Today, LinguaSys is announcing availability of its GlobalNLP platform at the new LinguaSys API portal. Cool technology and a cool way to get it.

LinguaSys is at the forefront of using a low-touch distribution models designed to reach developers faster, scale more efficiently and deliver business results faster. GlobalNLP offers simple monthly pricing, setup and purchasing via the LinguaSys portal.

The unveiling of the API portal is targeted to the many prospective developers who are building semantic-based understanding solutions in Asian countries. The low-touch model provides an effective and efficient way for developers to access the LinguaSys API set and begin to develop quickly.

Pricing is designed to meet the needs of developers consistent with the development lifecycle beginning at development through production. There are four options developers can choose from a site:

1. Free – Up to 20 API calls a minute, and up to 500 calls a month.
2. Development – Unlimited calls per minute, and up to 5,000 calls per week
3. Production – Use unlimited calls per minute, and up to 100,000 calls per week.
4. Customized – For unique implementations

LinguaSys GlobalNLP enables software developers to understand and extract meaning from unstructured or conversational text across languages. LinguaSys supports sematic meaning across 18 languages, including many Asian languages.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014


ProgrammableWeb

Patricio Robles

Oct. 20 2014, 06:30PM EDT

http://www.programmableweb.com/news/linguasys-launching-globalnlp-api-natural-language-processing-cloud/2014/10/20

Human language technology company LinguaSys is this week launching an API offering that allows developers to use its GlobalNLP natural language processing software in the cloud.

Using the GlobalNLP API, developers can access a suite of core natural language processing offerings that include: concept tagging, domain detection, keyword extraction, language detection, lemmatization, morphology, part of speech tagging, relation extraction, sentiment analysis and transliteration. The API supports more than 20 languages, including Asian and Middle Eastern languages, which the company notes are more challenging to deal with.

According to LinguaSys CEO Brian Garr, “GlobalNLP creates opportunities for developers to access hereto unavailable, or highly expensive linguistic capabilities, such as anaphora resolution, or something as simple, but complex, as tokenization for Asian languages without spaces or punctuation.”

Garr says that the GlobalNLP API, which is based on LinguaSys’ proprietary Carabao Linguistic Virtual Machine, is differentiated in a number of ways from other natural language processing solutions it competes against. For instance, “we do all linguistic determinations in the source language, using a large vocabulary, full sentence semantic model. We don’t ‘hunt for words’, we actually understand the whole utterance,” he stated.

Related: How 5 Natural Language Processing APIs Stack Up

For developers needing access to higher level natural language processing solution, LinguaSys is also offering an API for its StoryMapper solution. As Garr explained to me, “Story Mapper turns content, such as news stories, into highly tagged XML output, including the general theme of the story, was it positive or negative, what were the major entities and who said what about them. This does in minutes what it used to take people hours to do.”

LinguaSys’ API portal contains documentation for both APIs and contains code samples for a variety of languages, including JavaScript, C#, Python, PHP, Java and Ruby. The company is encouraging developers to test its APIs by offering a free tier that includes 500 API calls a month. Paid packages offer up to 5,000 calls per week or 100,000 calls per week for $99 per month and $1,499 per month, respectively. For companies with greater needs, LinguaSys can quote a custom package.

Betting on APIs

The market for natural language processing technology has grown rapidly as companies grapple with making sense of all the big data they’re generating and have access to. From social media to public data sets, there is no shortage of opportunities to turn raw, semi-structured information into actionable intelligence and numerous companies are offering natural language processing APIs to take advantage of those opportunities.

Given the demand for natural language processing technology, Garr expects his new API to be a crucial part of his company’s business going forward. “We think the future for our business is in highly available, highly affordable, highly accurate APIs to handle a multitude of language related business problems,” he told me.

With that in mind, Garr revealed that LinguaSys is working to make its multilingual natural language understanding technology available as an API.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014


BOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–October 21, 2014

LinguaSys has created a new Application Programming Interface (API) portal, GlobalNLP™, https://nlp.linguasys.com/ to reach the flourishing global developer population building Natural Language Processing applications with their own business logic. GlobalNLP™ enables software developers to understand and extract meaning from unstructured or conversational text across languages.

LinguaSys provides deep understanding of the meaning of textual human dialogue better than anyone. We offer broad language support in over 20 languages, including the more challenging Asian and Middle Eastern languages, the most high quality semantic collection in the industry.

Compared to the competition, LinguaSys offers fully customizable language models, attribute tags, concept tagging, domain detection, full semantic network, hyponyms, hypernyms, synonyms, keyword extraction, language detection, lemmatization, morphology, parsing, part of speech tagging, relation extraction, sentiment analysis, translation, transliteration, crosslingual retrieval, anaphora resolution, and natural language interfaces.

GlobalNLP™ offers simple monthly pricing, setup and purchasing via the Web, providing services to developers via RESTful Cloud-based API connectivity. You can get up to 20 API calls a minute, and up to 500 API calls a month – free – to test our depth of knowledge in languages and see how LinguaSys Natural Language Processing adds value to your solutions. Or, use unlimited calls per minute, and up to 5,000 calls per week to get your coolest applications through the QA phase and ready for production for $99 per month. Go to https://nlp.linguasys.com/ to see our other development, production and customized offerings.

“We want to enable not only developers in the Americas, but also all over Europe, the Middle East and Asia, with this new semantic technology that has received rave reviews from users of the current standards in linguistic APIs,” said Brian Garr, CEO of LinguaSys. “We want to give programmers all over the world new tools to help them elevate their game in producing best of breed applications.”

In addition, as part of the free offering (the first 500 API calls per month are free), LinguaSys is making Story Mapper™ available on GlobalNLP™. Story Mapper™ provides insights to media intelligence companies, analyzing large volumes of unstructured text in native languages, then categorizing and summarizing the data. Story Mapper™ lets you search big data, social media, news feeds and other digital text for content, sentiment, names, quotations and relationships, extracting facts, topics, events, assessing tone and determining prominence, relevance and the dependence of entities in multiple original languages.

LinguaSys is expecting a large volume of their new business for GlobalNLP™ to come from the Asian and American markets, where the growth of developers is double digit. GlobalNLP™ is now available on the IBM Cloud Marketplace at https://marketplace.ibmcloud.com/apps/1897#!overview

About LinguaSys, Inc.

LinguaSys solves human language challenges in Big Data and social media for blue chip clients around the world. Its natural language processing software provides real time multilingual text analysis, sentiment analytics and fast, cost-effective natural language user interfaces. The solutions are powered by LinguaSys’ Carabao Linguistic Virtual Machine™, a proprietary interlingual technology, to deliver faster and more accurate results. Designed to be easily customized by clients, the solutions can be used via SaaS or behind the firewall. Headquartered in Boca Raton, FL, LinguaSys is an IBM Business Partner. www.linguasys.com @LinguaSys Join us on LinkedIn http://linkd.in/1rC1qzi


Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Two participants in Opus Research’s Intelligent Assistants Conference took the opportunity to announce a partnership that could profoundly improve the rate at which enterprise virtual assistants propagate in corporate settings. Openstream, a technology specialist founded in 1997, agreed to integrate language-neutral, natural language processing resources from Linguasys into implementations of EVA (Openstream’s enterprise virtual assistant). As a result, employees who turn to EVA to help organize their working life, will find it quick to learn and understand what they say, text or type, even if they’re are engaged in a conversation that spans multiple languages.

EVA is a mobile (rather multimodal) platform that simplifies delivery of apps and content within a business organization. At the highest level, it is the ultimate solution to every large company’s “bring-your-own-device” headaches because it creates a mobile portal (or rather a dashboard) through which each individual can gain access to the information (calendar, contacts, documents), applications and messaging resources by using the method that comes most naturally: voice, tapping, gesture or typing. It has hundreds of thousands of end-users at a broad spectrum of companies, including Thomson-Reuters, Walmart, BNY-Mellon, Novatis and others.

Linguasys has evolved into a provider of technologies that use semantic processing to understand each individual intent. Its most distinguishing aspect is that it is “language neutral,” meaning that once its engine has derived meaning from some input, it can render a response in 17 other languages. It is adding new languages, organically, as the market demands. Openstream expects the addition of Linguasys’ capabilities to reduce the time, effort and frustration involved in accessing enterprise resources from mobile devices. Together they will explore and implement solutions that include multilingual text analysis, sentiment analytics and fast, cost-effective natural language user interfaces.

Mass deployment of EVAs is provocative at a time when both CIOs (chief information officers) and CSOs (chief security officers) are finding it difficult to keep up with the plethora of highly personal devices and applications (not to mention operating systems and utilities) that employees “bring inside the firewall.” Much is made of the security dilemma this gives rise to, but not as much attention has been paid to the quality of each user’s experience as they succeed in making their favorite device into their “work machine.”

The idea of transforming a personal tablet, smartphone or phablet into an employee’s virtual assistant is provocative and it paves the way for IT departments and individual users to find common ground as new apps and combination of apps are delivered through a natural interface.

…and now (as Linguasys co-founder Brian Garr would say) “you get 16 more languages for free.”


Saturday, September 20, 2014


LinguaSys Provides Fast, Cost-Effective Multilingual

Natural Language User Interfaces to

Openstream’s Intelligent Multimodal Mobile Virtual Assistant

Boca Raton, FL, September 16, 2014 – Openstream has signed with LinguaSys to deliver multilingual Natural Language Understanding solutions for Openstream’s multimodal Enterprise Virtual Assistant (EVA) platform for its ISVs ,VARs, niche tech providers and call centers. EVA makes information available to users across text, chat, social media, instant messaging, calendar and email from one single intuitive dashboard on mobile devices, smartphones or tablets without having to download silo’ed applications for individual functions.

Openstream will be extending its EVA platform to include natural language voice and text interactions, so all EVA applications will have Natural Language User Interface capabilities. The first implementation will be for an EVA offering with one of the world’s largest providers of CRM software.

“We’re excited to be working with Openstream and to add even more value to their world-class context-aware multimodal mobile solutions,” said Brian Garr, CEO of LinguaSys. “Our natural language user interface technologies are changing the way enterprises and application providers are thinking because we offer superior products at a fraction of the cost and time it takes for our competitors to launch.”

“Integrating Natural Language Processing with our EVA platform greatly enhances its intuitive interface, freeing our users from having to deal with hierarchical menus and options and use natural conversational interface,” said Balaji Narayana, Director of Operations of Openstream.

LinguaSys provides proprietary multilingual human language technology solutions, available in over 18 languages, to one of the largest mutual fund companies in the world; one of the largest multinational deposit banks; one of the world’s largest hotel chains; a major U.S. mobile network operator; and federal government agencies, among many others.

With over one million users, Openstream innovates intuitive open standards-based technologies that change the way users interact with mobile devices and applications. Openstream enables enterprises & ISVs to rapidly develop, deploy and manage end-to-end secure, highly scalable mobile solutions. Openstream engages the complete mobile ecosystem, from enterprises, wireless carriers, device manufacturers and mobile value added service companies.

About Openstream
Openstream is a leading provider of Proactive, Context-aware Multimodal Mobile Virtual Assistant Platform (EVA) for Enterprises & Content Providers. EVA is a new way of delivering Apps and Content for the Engaging Enterprise, that addresses many of the key requirements & challenges of Lines Of Business and IT teams in implementing mobile solutions. EVA improves the user-engagement and experience by adapting to the users’ preferences & priorities in delivering an “in-the-moment” personalized mobile experience – reducing the effects of information overload and data chaos. http://www.openstream.com/index.html @openstreaminc

About LinguaSys, Inc.
LinguaSys solves human language challenges in Big Data and social media for blue chip clients around the world. Its natural language processing software provides real time multilingual text analysis, sentiment analytics and fast, cost-effective natural language user interfaces. The solutions are powered by LinguaSys’ Carabao Linguistic Virtual Machine™, a proprietary interlingual technology, to deliver faster and more accurate results. Designed to be easily customized by clients, the solutions can be used via SaaS or behind the firewall. Headquartered in Boca Raton, FL, LinguaSys is an IBM Business Partner. http://www.linguasys.com @LinguaSys

Contacts:

Brian Garr
CEO, LinguaSys
[email protected]
+1 561-755-7150

Openstream Inc.
[email protected]
+1 732-507-7030


Tuesday, September 16, 2014


CRMXchange

Posted By Sheri Greenhaus Wednesday, August 27, 2014

http://blog.crmxchange.com/blog/call-center-and-crm-best-practices/speechtekcrm-evolutioncustomer-service-experience-review2c-part-2

LinguaSys has built on its core competency of Natural Language Processing. The international provider of Man/Machine Conversational Interfaces has taken a different direction in developing its natural language interface (NLUI) customer service solutions. “Most companies in this discipline still employ a systems and statistical approach,” said Brian Garr, CEO of LinguaSys. “They operate on the statistical probability that any given three words will go together. We take it from a semantic and syntactical perspective. We’ve created a network map that allows us to quickly and comprehensively understand phrases in 20 different languages using what we call ‘Concept IDs.’  We assign a proprietary numerical identifier to words that allow us call them up instantly in context in any of the languages in which we translate.  For example, we can differentiate between all of the various meanings of the word “tank” … an armored vehicle, an object for holding liquids or gases, or even the colloquial verb for deliberately failing in an endeavor.”

LinguaSys’ NLP applications are based on the linguistic concept of hyponyms- a word or phrase whose semantic field is contained within another word, its hypernym.  A hyponym shares a type-of relationship with its hypernym. For example, “dachshund”, “pug”, “beagle” and “poodle” are all hyponyms of “dog” (their hypernym) which in turn is a hyponym of “animal.” When LinguaSys analyzes all the words in a sentence, the semantic and syntactical elements instantaneously “vote” on meanings.

LinguaSys supplies Natural Language User Interface (NLUI) solutions for customer self-service that make it easy for customers to open an account, book a hotel room, order fast food, inquire about timetables, and more – all in their own words, not restricted to a rigid syntax. “When people hear about what we do, some tend to think of it as a variation of “Siri,” said Garr. “Our NLUI server takes building natural language applications to a new level.”  Alluding to research that indicates that the NLP market will grow to $2.19 billion over the next few years; he sees significant growth on the horizon.

LinguaSys NLUI applications can be deployed on-premise or on a SaaS subscription basis. The company is currently working with 16 OEM customers and is engaged in several applications with US government groups. The company recently added three new salespeople and brought industry veteran Denny Adams on board as Director of OEM Sales.  Adams had most recently served as Aspect/Voxeo’s Director of Alliances. LinguaSys is also partially owned by renowned entrepreneur Mark Cuban, who responded to a blind email by Garr that outlined the company’s capabilities and aspirations.  

 

 


Friday, August 29, 2014


Virtual Agent Chat

Intelligent Virtual Agent and Intelligent Personal Assistant News and Views

By Amy Stapleton

August 26, 2014

Posted in Intelligent Virtual Agent Vendors, Technology of Virtual Agents by

At the recent SpeechTEK 2014 event, I had an opportunity to speak with Brian Garr, Chief Executive Officer of LinguaSys, a very interesting company in the Natural Language Understanding space. The prevalence of speech-enabled applications and devices has increased exponentially in the past five years. We can talk to our smartphones, our cars, and even our home appliances. Soon we’ll be conversing with social robots like Ubi and Jibo. Speech recognition technology has made vast improvements over the years. We’re also used to typing in text when we want a search engine, an app, or an intelligent assistant to answer a question or help us complete a transaction. But what about natural language understanding technology? All of this incoming language, whether it be spoken or typed, has to be interpreted and understood before we can get back the answers we need.

Our intelligent assistants seem to understand us pretty well when we ask simple questions about the weather or fact-based questions like “what’s the capital of Wyoming?” But can they understand more complex statements? And can they understand them when we use different languages? LinguaSys is a niche player with a unique and very powerful offering that can make intelligent assistants smarter at understanding what we say. In fact, the LinguaSys technology powers many of the smart applications we use today that involve natural language input.

In talking with Garr about the LinguaSys technology, I learned that they have the keys to a veritable gold mine. The gold mine is a proprietary treasure trove of word meanings and semantic relationships that spans thousands of concepts and over 18 languages. The LinguaSys semantic network was built up over years, during which it offered machine translation software. The company’s products still include machine translation, but the same basic technology now enables the seamless translation and understanding of a huge range of possible conversational inputs. How does this work? In the LinguaSys database, word meanings, concepts, and relationships are stored in language neutral, symbolic format. That means the word “rainbow” has the same symbol no matter if the concept is uttered in Japanese, Urdu, or English.

The use case example that Garr used during our discussions was of someone wanting to make a reservation at a hotel that would also accommodate their poodle. A speech recognition engine can probably do a good job at translating the sounds into the right words. But what are the chances that it’ll know that a poodle is dog, which is a domesticated animal, also known as a pet? This type of conceptual understanding is embedded in the LinguaSys system. It would take a monumental amount of work to establish your own comprehensive semantic model to enable you to extract this type of understanding. You might be able to leverage something like Freebase for some applications. But then what happens when you need to start supporting other languages?

The Carabao Linguistic Virtual Machine, as the product offering is called, can basically be plugged into your application to give it an NLU boost. If you leverage the Carabao Linguistic VM for your hotel booking or general reservation system, the system will understand that when someone refers to their poodle, they’re looking for a pet-friendly accommodation.

Garr refers to the LinguaSys products as middleware. You can access the solution via the cloud or from your own on-premise deployment. Based on my understanding of the product set, they can be readily integrated into new or existing applications using industry standard protocols.

I don’t know what the pricing model is for access to the LinguaSys middleware. The solution may not be affordable for smaller companies or independent botmaster types, but I don’t know that for sure. If your product or technology depends on being able to correctly understand language input, and especially if you’re challenged with accepting input in multiple languages, this is a product you’ll likely want to explore.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014


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