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Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:
Significant work has been done on machine learning (ML) for facial recognition to detect emotion. However, can a ML system recognize emotional markers in text, particularly in order to distinguish sensational or provocative text from other styles of writing? Can types of language reliably indicate textual intensities such that ML systems can be developed to grasp the connotative effects of language?
What are the prospects for ML to use abductive methods (theorized by Charles Sanders Pierce, in Artificial Intelligence I contexts by Reza Negarestani) or extrapolated volition (e.g. Eliezer Yudkowsky’s theories) to offer insights about persuasive narratives? Abduction is useful because it has the capacity to extend reasoning not only through deviations from norms, but also through deviations from expectations, e.g. a text may deviate from a truthful stylistic paradigm, but this in no way contradicts the expectation of that text, for instance, if we know it comes from a satirical website. Approaches to detect deceit could potentially inform understanding and characterization of motivations behind observed effects.
This project explores humanities fields, models and theories with respect to ML capabilities and potentials. Possible approaches include:
(Subsequent research might build and test potential ML applications based on the outcomes of this topic, i.e. ML development is not within scope of this topic.)
Relevance to the Intelligence Community:
Making sense of enormous datasets is a fundamental IC challenge. Industry funded machine learning (majority of R&D expenditure in this field) is driven by the need for incremental improvement in commercial applications and to a lesser extent, potentially, new commercial products and services. Deeper theoretical (humanities) understanding of language, with respect to motivational characteristics that can be harnessed by machine learning, may enable machine learning tools to be developed to interrogate bulk text or media pursuant to Intelligence Community interests. The ability to detect and describe apparent motivation behind text or potentially related texts, at machine speed, could provide valuable insight.
Potential applications range from deep analysis of single author communications, to assessments of bulk social media traffic with respect to net strategic motivation / intent.
Key Words: Literary Studies, Motivation, Narrative Constructs, Machine Learning, Deceit, ML