Gluecon 2013 – Mashape demos and links on Machine Learning

Last week at Gluecon 2013, we had the opportunity to show some cool demos that demonstrate the breadth and sophistication of APIs you can discover and use in Mashape.  We focused on Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Sentiment Analysis APIs. Below are links to demos shown during the presentation, as well as links to relevant news and references that point out to the growing popularity and importance of machine learning in the API realm. Enjoy! Demos and APIs World chat with local translation (using Mashape + Firebase) – http://worldchat.io/# Twilio phone translator – Send SMS to (415) 992-9984...

Lemma what? A guide to Text Processing and Machine Learning API terms

After we posted the list of NLP, Sentiment Analysis, and Machine Learning APIs a while ago, we noticed that some API descriptions require a little bit of digging into, to fully appreciate what these APIs can do.  Here’s an example: Text analysis API including wordnet synsets,relation extraction,named entity recognition and classification,lemmatization,part of speech tagging,tokenization, and semantic role labeling.  If you’re not familiar with these words, you could totally miss the features that this API is capable of. To help with that, we have listed below an explanation to some of these words in the NLP/Machine Learning context; as well as APIs...

Mashape Updates: Secret Parameters and Headers

It’s been a while since we announced a new feature from Mashape, so we’re very excited to announce this one:  Secret Parameters and Headers for API providers. What is a Secret Parameter/Header? A Secret Parameter or Header are fixed key-value that is added to the request coming from the Mashape proxy to the API provider. Only API providers can set these values in their API. What is it useful for? One particular useful use-case for them is where developers have to sign up for separate accounts from the API provider and Mashape.  Having these values allow API providers to set a...

Upcoming Hackathons: iCreate Mobility Challenge + APIDays Mediterranea

Mashape is taking part in two upcoming hackathons.  We would like to thank our API partners who are offering free access or mini-prizes for the iCreate Mobility Challenge 2013 (Singapore May 17th) and APIDays Mediterranea (Madrid, May 30).  See bottom for the list of APIs and their offers. For the hackathon organizers: please consolidate your participants’ Mashape IDs and send them a message in Mashape  BEFORE your hackathon.  This will give them ample time to enable access to their private APIs to your participants. If you are a Mashape API partner and interested to offer free access to your...

List of fun and interesting APIs to try out!

Here are some APIs that crack us up here at Mashape, as well as those that we like to show off to friends Portrait 3D – provides software developers with a technology to create animated facial models based on photos. Yoda Speak – Turn your sentences and webpage into Yoda-speak! ERMAHGERD Translator – This translates text to ERMAHGERD. Gender Guesser – Guess whether a first name is of male or female gender in the USA. l33t sp34k – Want to sound like a hacker? Translate text to and from l33t sp34k!111eleven!!! Text to Voice – reads out your text, and in different languages too Text to Speech – A really simple...

Mashape – Finalist for 2013 Red Herring Top 100 North America Award

San Francisco – May 8, 2013 – Mashape announced today it had been selected as a finalist for Red Herring’s Top 100 North America award, a prestigious list honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the North American business region. Red Herring has been selecting the most exciting and promising start-ups and “scale ups” since 1995. Finalists are still evaluated individually from a large pool of hundreds of candidates based across North America. Twenty major criteria underlie the scoring and process. They include, among others: the candidate company’s addressable market size, its IP and patents, its financing, the proof...

The Ten API Commandments

Ten API Commandments: Thou shall not use oauth 1.0 Thou shall not kill an API Thou shall not deprecate endpoints Thou shall document thy API Thou shall not return XML Thou shall be RESTful Thou shall not use SOAP Thou shall notify developers of changes Thou shall make it easy to get API keys Thou shall distribute on Mashape...

Web-enable your Research/Project with an API

This post is intended to help data scientists and engineers who, in some capacity, have implemented routines/algorithms/data that does a specialized function (e.g. machine learning) using a dynamically typed language, such as Python.  The goal is to web-enable these routines/algorithms using an application programming interface (API). Exposing these functions/data as an API allows for: Easier, faster, and consistent sharing of functionality/data that could further progress the research.  A good example of this is the Materials Project from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  They deemed it necessary for the scientific community to have access to their data, hence exposing it...

List of 25+ Natural Language Processing APIs

Natural Language Processing, or NLP, is a field of computer science, artificial intelligence, and linguistics concerned with the interactions between computers and human (natural) languages. Here are useful APIs that help bridge the human-computer interaction: Sentiment Analysis for Social Media – The multilingual sentiment analysis API (with exceptional accuracy, 83.4% as opposed to industry standard of 65.4%, and available in Mandarin) from Chatterbox classifies social media texts as positive or negative, with a free daily allowance to get you started. The system uses advanced statistical models (machine learning & NLP) trained on social data, meaning the detection can handle slang, common...

25 Useful APIs for Book Discovery

We are proud to be part of the first Publishing Hackathon!  The organizers of the Publishing Hackathon are inviting designers, engineers, programmers, an entrepreneurs to spend 36 hours together in teams to developer a new approach to digital book discovery. The Publishing Hackathon will take place on May 18th and 19th at The Alley NYC, the leading digital co-working space in New York. The participants will be briefed by a cross-section of book publishing leaders, and then will form teams to create apps, websites, programming or businesses that can address the issue of book discovery in  this rapidly evolving landscape. At the...