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Lemma what? A guide to Text Processing and Machine Learning API terms Posted 11 months ago

This is a representation of clustering, or a painting, whoa!

After we posted the a 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 (represented as numbered links) whose descriptions mention these terms.  Hopefully a basic understanding of these terms would help you appreciate what these APIs are capable of.

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New Feature: Secret Parameter and Headers Posted 11 months ago

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.

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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 dedicated pre-registered account that can represent all users coming from Mashape to their API; or as an alternative identifying method.  These users can be further identified using the X-Mashape-User header that the API receives from Mashape.

The effect is a more streamlined process of API registration, testing, and consumption.  This saves developers the extra step of signing up for several accounts.  

You can set your Secret Parameters and Headers in your API Admin page, under the Proxy tab.  See video below:

We are encouraging all API providers to use this feature.  Let us know what you think! - support@mashape.com 

Upcoming Hackathons: iCreate Mobility Challenge + APIDays Mediterranea Posted 11 months ago

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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.

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List of fun and interesting APIs to try out! Posted 11 months ago

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Here are some APIs that crack us up here at Mashape, as well as those that we like to show off to friends :)

  1. Portrait 3Dprovides software developers with a technology to create animated facial models based on photos.
  2. Yoda Speak - Turn your sentences and webpage into Yoda-speak! 
  3. ERMAHGERD Translator - This translates text to ERMAHGERD. 
  4. Gender Guesser - Guess whether a first name is of male or female gender in the USA.
  5. l33t sp34k - Want to sound like a hacker? Translate text to and from l33t sp34k!111eleven!!!
  6. Text to Voice - reads out your text, and in different languages too
  7. Text to Speech - A really simple api that lets you convert text to speech. It’s 100% free for unlimited usage. 
  8. Text To Speech - Turns text into an mp3 audio file with a nice female voice similar to Siri.
  9. Text-to-speech - This API instantly generates high quality speech from text. Simply send a request with the text you want read, and we’ll instantly return a wav, mp3, or ogg with it been spoken!
  10. Text-to-Speech - The Voice RSS Text-to-Speech (TTS) API allows conversion of textual content to speech easier than ever. Just connect to our Text-to-Speech (TTS) API with a few lines of code and get verbal representation of a textual content.
  11. Numbers - An API for interesting facts about numbers. Provides trivia, math, date, and year facts about numbers. For example, “5 is the number of platonic solids”, “42 is the number of little squares forming the left side trail of Microsoft’s Windows 98 logo”, “February 27th is the day in 1964 that the government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over”
  12. Jeannie - Jeannie (Voice Actions) is a virtual assistant with over two Million downloads, now also available via API. The objective of this service is to provide you and your robot with the smartest answer to any natural language question, just like Siri. 
  13. Trivia - The Trivia API gives you access to 1000s of Trivia questions. New ones are being added all the time! The database is also being expanded with new categories and feedback mechanisms coming soon!!
  14. EgyptoName - EgyptoName translate your name and create a beautiful image using the Egyptian Hieroglyphics.
  15. Texas HoldemWith this API you can easily create a full Texas Holdem game, just create the graphic and associate it with the results.
  16. Word Cloud MakerGenerate Word Clouds from blocks of text. Multi color and different sizes illustrate the frequency, and the “vibe” of the bigger text. Try it with blog posts, article text, speeches, tweet histories, emails, or any other written word.
  17. BingoWith this API you can easily develop a bingo game, just design the graphic. - Card’s makers - Extraction number - Winner cards - Points

Mashape is a Finalist for the 2013 Red Herring Top 100 North America Award Posted 11 months ago

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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 of concept, trailing revenues and management’s expertise. Each company goes through an individual interview after filling out a thorough submission, complemented by a due diligence. The list of finalists often includes the best performing and prominent companies of that year.

 This unique assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the company’s actual track record and standing, which allows Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable instrument for discovering and advocating the greatest business opportunities in the industry.

 2013 will be remembered as a special vintage. “The finalists list confirms the excellent choices made by entrepreneurs and VCs and the start-ups’ solid roots in corporate America, embracing their innovations. By all metrics, it emphasizes the United States’ entrepreneurial excellence,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring.

 Finalist selections for the 2013 edition of the Red Herring 100 North America award are based upon technological innovation, management strength, market size, investor record, customer acquisition and financial health. During the several months leading up to the announcement, hundreds of companies in the fields of security, Web 2.0, software, hardware, life sciences, cloud, mobile and others completed their submissions to qualify for the award.

 Finalists are asked to present their winning strategies at the Red Herring North America Forum in Monterey, Calif., May 21 to 23, 2013. The Top 100 winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony the evening of May 23 at the event.

 Please follow the Red Herring conference at https://twitter.com/digitalherring hashtag #RedHerring100

Web-enable your Research/Project with an API Posted 11 months ago

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).  

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List of 25+ Natural Language Processing APIs Posted 11 months ago

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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:

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25 Useful APIs for Book Discovery Posted 11 months ago

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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 end of the weekend, a team of judges from publishing, technology, media and venture capital will identify the 3 to 5 most promising finalists from dozens of teams participating.

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Unicorn has become Unirest Posted 11 months ago

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Yesterday we released our newest open source project, which we called unicorn, unfortunately that was also the name of two existing open source projects. We really dropped the ball and have been working hard to clean up the mess.  Our apologies to anyone in the Ruby or Python community who was confused or pissed off.  Hopefully you can look past our mistake and see the value in this project.

Since yesterday we have decided on a new name, Unirest, which we think is a great fit for the project. We also made a new website, changed out all the docs, and updated our website which autogenerates unirest API snippets.

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List of 20+ Sentiment Analysis APIs Posted 11 months ago

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Just a few days back we posted a List of 40+ Machine Learning APIs.

The APIs below are a Sentiment Analysis subset group from that Machine Learning API list.  Sentiment Analysis refers to “the application of natural language processing, computational linguistics, and text analytics to identify and extract subjective information in source materials.

We hope you’ll it find useful!

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