how to learn Watson Dutch

Being a dutch citizen I have been asking and teasing IBM a bit about the availability of the Dutch language for Watson.

See the samples below:

And also dW answers.

best alternative
I am aware that learning and cognitive machines should be able to reason in the language the human uses. That is the reason behind the questions above. An alternative would be to translate the question first to English than ask Watson, get the English answers back, translate them into Dutch and present to the user.   In the video below you see a sample of this approach in Dutch!

WatsonDutchYouTube

Unfortunately the language translation services of Watson don’t support Dutch yet. After a conversation I realized that SDL is “the” localization company and they have been using Machine Learning to teach their translation engines for a while now. So instead of using general purpose translators, like Google or Bing, I choose SDL’s LanguageCloud API’s with support for the Travel domain.

CaptureTravelEngineSDLLanguageCloud

I adopted the http://watson-qa-demo.mybluemix.net/ demo to use Travel only and translated the userinterface to Dutch. The diagram below demonstrates the steps.

WatsonTranslationPresentation

askapp
You can try (for a short time, it depends on trial licenses) the functionality here.
Ask for instance: “wat is de hoofdstad van Amsterdam?” or “wat zijn de delta werken?”

conclusion
So while we wait for IBM Watson to learn Dutch, this might be a suitable solution. Specialy when you use the software of translation experts, like SDL.

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