Watch Your Mouth: IBM's Watson Analyzes Tone

IBM'S Watson

IBM's Watson has moved on from its game show days, and now it's ready to proofread your emails. Not for comma splices and misspellings. For tone.

IBM's Tone Analyzer lets you paste in a block of text, click a button and see just how aggressive you might be coming off. Or how agreeable, tentative, angry, or conscientious. 

Here's a link to the online test version. And here are some phrases we tested out:

Opening lines from Catcher in the Rye:

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.

Results: Surprisingly Agreeable, Conscientious, and Open.

How about a Simpsons quote?

How is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain. Remember when I took that home winemaking course, and I forgot how to drive?

Results: More analytical with just a hint of emotion.

Alright, last one. Rowdy Roddy Piper from the famous They Live:

I’m here to kick ass and chew bubblegum and I’m all out of bubblegum.

Result: Confident, emotionless. Pretty good summary of Piper's performance.


Thanks, IBM! And don't miss some of IBM's other projects, including a personality analyzer and the Big Blue Hurricane, a Watson-invented cocktail.


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Josh Zancan from Crofton, MD is reading East of Eden by John Steinbeck July 21, 2015 - 1:30pm

This is...brilliant.

I'm gonna have some fun with this.

Here comes...every story I've ever written!

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman July 21, 2015 - 5:47pm

I tried the link from the end, the personality analyzer, with a short piece of non-fiction I did. It was eerily close.