[ExI] experiment regarding ethical behaviors vs status

spike spike66 at att.net
Wed Mar 28 20:22:17 UTC 2012

On 27/03/2012 18:07, spike wrote:
>> ... It's just deep within the basic nature of the beast: sloths are slow,
[Anders] you are nice.  {8^D  ...If d(nice)/dt is negatively correlated with
d$/dt, then...What we need are metrics for nice...Any code hipsters have any
ideas on how to do this?  If so it would be a classic AI app: having an
(apparently) unfeeling machine try to read human language and measure a
human emotion...spike

OK I have an idea how we can do this, a rather simple-minded approach to
start with.  We need to grab a big glob of text written by a poster who each
of us identify as a kindhearted soul, and another glob written by someone we
identify as a harsh edgy sort.  Don't post who it is, no need of hurting
feelings, and no need of inflating egos of those who take pride in being a
mean bastard.  Each will have their own extremes.  Then we write our
heuristics in such a way as to search for word-level and phrase-level
similarities between the test text and the two extremes.

For instance, it might be as easy as matching single words first.  For
instance the test specimen matches words for Mister Nice Guy at 12 percent
and only 8 percent for the mean bastard, that criterion gets about a
12/(8+12) or 6.67 score on a 0 to 10 scale.  Then go to two word phrases,
same game.  Then if I can figure out how to code this, create a lookup table
list of stock phrases, such as "...you are bat-shit crazy..." which would
reduce the niceness score of the poster.  This isn't perfect, for it would
reduce the niceness score of a poster even if they were technically telling
the truth (they were replying to a post written by someone was actually
bat-shit crazy.)  There may be more diplomatic ways to express the same
meme, such as "I respectfully wish to disagree with your notion in this case
sir, which compels me to compare your general mental health to that of the
digestive products of a familiar insectivorous class of winged mammals known
to be threatened by habitat destruction."

The latter would perhaps score higher on the niceness scale than the former.

Code hipsters, ideas please?


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