NHS Choices is using Narrative Science Inc. software, called Quill, a cloud application running in Amazon Web Services. The software uses natural language processing techniques — a key element of artificial intelligence — to comb through unstructured data and automatically present it in story form, akin to the way a human would write a document.
We hear about big data all the time, but there's a problem; there's just too much of it. Natural language generation of this data is the game of this Chicago-based company, and it could help address the huge thirst for big data-led content.
Kris Hammond, co-founder and chief scientist of Narrative Science Inc., said hiring data scientists to interpret Big Data results is a “striking misuse of human capital” that doesn’t scale. He said that companies gather and clean data and turn it over to a data scientist, who interpets results and presents them a narrative that a business leader can understand. The process can cost tens of millions of dollars, with no guarantee of success, he said. Mr. Hammond proposed that companies are better served using software to generate the kind of analytics reports they require.
Clint Boulton of The Wall Street Journal reports, “The U.K.’s National Health Service is using cloud analytics software to pluck numerical and text data on health-care facilities from spreadsheets and databases and present it in plain English on its website, NHS Choices."
Hammond is the co-founder and chief scientist at Narrative Science, a startup born out of Northwestern that turns data into coherent stories. Narrative Science began by taking baseball box scores and generating game recap stories. Hammond also founded UChicago's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and is a faculty member at NU's McCormick School of Engineering.
Two McCormick School of Engineering faculty members will be inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame this week. Kristian Hammond, professor of computer science and journalism, and Joseph Moskal, research professor of biomedical engineering, are among this year’s nine inductees.
Chicago based data-to-text automation software vendor Narrative Science has rolled out Quill for Portfolio Commentary, a module to accompany its Quill platform that uses artificial intelligence to transform data into text narratives, developed to automate portfolio commentary for client reporting, allowing portfolio managers to free up time previously devoted to manually producing commentary, to focus on investment strategies and customer interaction.
One of the biggest challenges in big data analytics is communicating insights back to users. Many organizations rely on dashboards and visualization tools to display the analytic results. Now a new crop of tools is using big data to generate written narratives that explain to users what’s happening in plain English.
Narrative Science, the leader in automated narrative generation for the enterprise, today announced that NHS Choices, the official website of the National Health Service and managed by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, has chosen the Quill™ Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform to provide critical information to the general public via its website.