Quora, a question-and-answer website, has launched the Insincere Questions Classification competition to spur the development of AI that can determine if a user asked a question in good faith. Quora provides participants a dataset of 1.3 million questions asked on Quora labeled as “insincere” or “sincere.” Potential indicators of insincere questions include non-neutral tones, questions based on false information, and questions that include sexual content. Participants have until February 5, 2019 to develop their submission, and Quora will provide a total of $25,000 to the top three participants.
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Michael McLaughlin is a research assistant at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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