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Writing for an Audience of Machines: Developing content for question-answering systems

Sponsored by: Comtech Services, Inc. and CIDM
Presenters: David Steinmetz and Rob Pierce, IBM
Date Recorded: November 12, 2014
This is a free webinar.


IBM® Watson is a cognitive computing system that won the game show Jeopardy (in 2011)! The system used natural language processing and machine learning to return answers based on question analysis, hypothesis generation, and candidate answer confidence scoring. This technology is evolving and being applied to healthcare, financial services, and customer service. However, data is key to the success of such systems, and quality content can improve usefulness and accuracy. What can you do to help ensure your content is ready for the era of cognitive computing? Attend to see a demo of Watson and learn content best practices.


David leads the IBM Rational software editors and co-chairs the IBM Editing Council. He has also edited at Microsoft, DEC/Compaq, CacheFlow/Blue Coat, and Knight-Ridder Financial News. David has patents pending related to question-answering systems, and he has presented at CMS/DITA conferences in 2005 and 2014.

Rob Pierce is an Information Development manager in the Watson division of IBM Software Group. He was formerly an Advisory Information Developer and user assistance team lead for the Watson Core Technology and Linguistic product groups. Rob was a board member and leader of ACM SIGDOC from 2001-2012, and has written numerous articles on best practices and experience reports relating to information development. He has a B.A. in Computer Science from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Graduate Certificate in Software Technical Writing from Middlesex Community College, Bedford, Massachusetts


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