500 Words Competition

123,436 stories. 54 million words. A unique window into the inner world of children and an opportunity to discover what they care about and what makes them happy, sad or anxious. Source: Inspired Research: News from the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford Earlier this year, children from all over the UK submitted stories…

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PreCeive Batch Utility Released

We are pleased to announce the release of the PreCeive Batch tool. This simple but powerful Open Source utility enables you to use our PreCeive text analytics service with a spreadsheet of data without needing to write any code. For more information, read this article in the Developers section.

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TheySay Keynote Speech at SAP Central Bank Summit 2016

TheySay Ltd. announced that their co-founder, Professor Stephen Pulman will be presenting the keynote speech at the SAP Central Bank Executive Summit on July 12-15, 2016 in Heidelberg, Germany. Download the slides here: pulman_sap_heidelberg_jul_2016 We present: * The keynote speech on TheySay’s technology. * A 2-hour masterclass in sentiment analysis. About TheySay London-based TheySay, established in 2011 and co-founded…

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What the ‘Brexit’ vote means for the American election

While America deals with the onslaught of Donald Trump headlines, Britain has been dealing with an upcoming vote of its own: the so-called Brexit. On June 23rd, Brits will vote on a referendum to leave the European Union. As voting day is only weeks away, the defining arguments of the two sides, Camp Leave versus…

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Will technology help pollsters get the EU referendum correct?

It’s been well documented that 2015 was not a good year for the pollsters. ForrestBrown explore how research and development in next generation polling techniques offer opportunity for pollsters to change the way they collect and interpret information. “Another piece of the technology jigsaw that is starting to inform election polling is machine learning. Huge…

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TheySay and the debate for an English national anthem on Twitter

An idea put forward by Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins to create a national anthem for England has been approved in principle by Parliament. “TheySay, Oxford University’s social media sentiment analysis tool, looked at 10,000 tweets about the debate. Dr Karo Moilanen, co-founder of TheySay, said: “Twitter users are open to the idea of an official…

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How fans reacted to Chelsea’s sacking of Jose Mourinho on Twitter

TheySay data analysis shows how the football world reacted to news of Jose Mourinho’s sacking by Chelsea on Twitter. “More that 14,000 tweets were analysed by advanced linguistics tool TheySay to determine whether there was a negative or positive sentiment from users surrounding the decision – and the result suggest that most football fans were…

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TheySay sentiment analysis on the parliamentary vote for Syria bombing

While MPs were debating air strikes in Syria, TheySay have been monitoring social media sentiment about David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn on Twitter. “According to social media analysts TheySay, Cameron’s refusal to apologise about his “terrorist sympathisers” comment enraged Twitter. Analysing 72,483 tweets, they found his approval ratings plummeted from 61 per cent two weeks…

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John Lewis Christmas Advert 2015 Has Landed

John Lewis new Christmas advert has been released. TheySay sentiment analysis for “Man on the Moon” on Twitter showed there was overwhelmingly positive reaction to the ad. “TheySay Ltd – a social media sentiment analysis tool from computer science experts at Oxford University – analysed 4,000+ mentions on Twitter in the first 45 minutes, with…

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Negative sentiment surrounding VW soars

Following revelations that nearly 11 million of Volkswagen cars are fitted with the software that dupes diesel emissions testing, negative sentiment expressed towards the company via social media has been rising. “Roughly 122K tweets were analysed surrounding the VW revelations. On the 29th September 56.96% of tweets were positive, prior to the figures on how many…

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