January 17, 2008

Dr. Doolittle in silicon

The Reg passes along a Reuters story that Hungarian scientists have built a system to automatically understand canine vocalizations. I’d like to say it’s a woof-to-Magyar translator, but apparently all it does is recognize the doggies’ emotional states. The story reports that the system has 43% accuracy, vs. 40% for humans.

I must confess, however, to being somewhat puzzled about how they measure success. Does the pooch fill out a survey form afterwards? Do they conclude that the beast wasn’t angry if the experimenter doesn’t get bitten?

I need to know a bit more about the research protocol before I know what to think about this.

EDIT: The CBC has a little more detail. The underlying research paper is appearing in Animal Cognition.

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