Here’s a press release that caught my eye because it comes from an esteemed industry veteran, Raul Valdes Perez, founder of Vivisimo (now owned by IBM). OnlyBoth.com is a newly launched analytical technology and website that can uncover insights in structured data. The current—and freely accessible—web application could prove of great interest to academics and college-bound students. It draws data from the National Center for Education Statistics and numerous other sources. Valdes Perez is eager for feedback and is not concerned with monetization at this point. He hopes to offer databases for other areas, including politics, sports, and genetics.
–Paula J. Hane
Interactive Application to U.S. Colleges Discovers New Insights and Writes them Up in Perfect English
PITTSBURGH / May 21, 2014 — OnlyBoth.com launched today a novel technology that discovers new insights in data and writes them up in perfect English, all automated, and unlike predecessors that do discovery or writing, but not both. The company also launched an interactive web application that reveals how individual colleges are unique or surprising, and how they compare to peer institutions.
The inaugural OnlyBoth application analyzes data on 3,122 U.S. colleges and universities described by 190 attributes. Users enter a college and get back a well written sentence or paragraph that says what’s special about a college good, bad, or ambivalent. The source data combine academic measures with rankings, geography, sports, and fun attributes. The tens of thousands of concise, grammatical sentences reflect complicated comparisons that people can’t easily do or think of.
OnlyBoth does the reverse of IBM’s Watson and other ambitious text mining projects, which read articles and compile databases of relations and properties. Instead, OnlyBoth goes from properties to human quality paragraphs.
CEO Raul ValdesPerez explained that the company’s technology “is like a robot research assistant; it discovers and writes up. Only OnlyBoth does both, to an unprecedented sophistication. Higher Education transparency is well served by our first application, liberating the tremendous insights cloaked in big data.”
This artificial intelligence technology was first developed in the late 90s at Carnegie Mellon University under a National Science Foundation grant, but then set aside while Valdes Perez cofounded and served Vivisimo (later acquired by IBM) as CEO and chairman.
OnlyBoth’s technology applies to any structured data where learning the distinctive qualities of individual entries matters, such as sports, investing, genetics, and even politics. Data journalism can be especially impacted.
Learn about OnlyBoth at http://onlyboth.com/about
About OnlyBoth, LLC:
OnlyBoth LLC was founded in March 2014 by veteran entrepreneurs Andre Lessa (CTO) and Raul ValdesPerez (CEO). Lessa was previously founder and CEO of Meaningfy. ValdesPerez Previously cofounded Vivisimo as a spinoff from Carnegie Mellon, where he was on the faculty. He was a 2007 regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association’s 2013 Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year.
IBM & Watson are trademarks of IBM Corporation. OnlyBoth, its logo, and “A sentence is worth 1,000 data” are trademarks.