Math.AI using Personality Insights service from IBM Watson

How it all started – Xhacknight Hackathon

Me and Amrith spontaneously decided to make it to the Xhacknight organized by XHackers and sponsored by IBM Bluemix. It turned out to be an amazing learning experience.

What we built – Match.AI

1. Reviews are everywhere
With the boom in user generated content (UCG) – reviews are everywhere. Be it the kind of product you are buying, restaurant you want to eat out or places you want to stay at. Each of us do scout through reviews for respective opinions before making a decision.

2. Sadly – Online reviews are broken!
Each person’s likings and preferences are different. None of the UCG sites allow users to take into consideration the person’s personality match to that of the reviewers.

3. PersonalityMatch Index (PMI)
Using Personality Insights service from IBM Watson we were able to capture the personality profile of a user. On top of this, we built a PMI algorithm to match two different personality profiles. Using IBM Bluemix we were able to deploy this service using Node.js and expose it through REST endpoints (/map and /match)

4. Xamarin – Demo Reviews Mobile App
We also built a barebones Xamarin mobile app for iOS and Android while allow users to login through Facebook Connect, build a user personality profile using his Facebook data and then finally use the REST end-points to show a PMI rating along with the reviews.

5. Use-cases through API
The Match.AI PersonalityMatch Index REST API we built was generic and could be used for quite a few use cases:
– User Review Personalization
– Dating App Recommendations
– Resume Classification

Reference Links

API service: https://github.com/whiteboardmonk/ibm-bluemix-pi-xhacknight
Xamarin app: https://github.com/amrithyerramilli/xhacknight-xamarin-pmi-app

Presentation after Hackathon

I can still feel you

Udaipur - Jan 2012

Shimmering sunrise, heartwarming sunsets
Calm waters, chilly breeze
I can still feel you
With my closed eyes

City walks, strangers and talk
Some serendipity, some delight
I can still feel you
With my closed eyes

Narrow lanes, princely feel
Pitch dark skies, illuminated sights
I can still feel you
With my closed eyes

Wandering souls, togetherness and love
I can still feel you
With my closed eyes

Akky

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I want you by my side

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco - August 2009
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco - August 2009

I want you by my side
On a quiet escape
To find solace
In an unknown place
With you right by my side

I want you by my side
To weather through
A a thunderstorm
On a voyage
With you right by my side

I want you by my side
To cuddle through
A cold winter night
With nothing in sight
With you right by my side

I want you by my side
To chase
A distant dream
Outside our realms
With you right by my side

Akky

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Try but don’t Cry

Rome - 2011
Rome - 2011

I tried but failed,
I cried and nothing changed.

I shall again try,
But this time I won’t cry.
For every time I cry,
I loose hope to try.

For I still remember,
A line from my school days
Try try and you will succeed

For every failed try I make,
I learn how not to partake.
For every chance I take,
Is my another shot at the cake.

Akky

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P.S: Reads very much like a nursery rhyme 🙂

I am Anna Hazare

Portrait of Anna Hazare by Siddharth Iyer (link below)

I have bribed a few, Took the easy way through
But all along the way, I knew I was not true

Then Along came a man, Who voiced my opinion
His words echoed in the hearts of a billion population
Showed us how we could stand for what we believe in
And now I say no more to corruption, Bcz I am Anna Hazare.

I read in the books, about the father of our nation
But none after him taught me, how to put those words into action.

Then Along came a man, Who voiced my opinion
His words echoed in the hearts of a billion population
Showed us the way to put Gandhi’s words into action
And now I say no more to corruption, Bcz I am Anna Hazare

I watch in dismay, as bigger scams unfold everyday
But I see no punitive action. I feet robbed; I feet raped.

Then Along came a man, Who voiced my opinion.
His words echoed in the hearts of a billion population,
Talked less, but prompted us to take the first step.
And now I say no more to corruption, Bcz I am Anna Hazare.

I was not born when freedom fighters gave their life for the nation.
But if we don’t stand up today, it would mean disrespect to their contribution.

Then Along came a man, Who voiced my opinion
His words echoed in the hearts of a billion population,
He shouted a battle cry, to fight for India, Against Corruption
And now I say no more to corruption
Bcz I am Anna Hazare

– Written by Akky

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P.S.: Image uploaded above is a Portrait of Anna Hazare by Siddharth Iyer (source).

I hop… I takeoff!

I am always pre-occupied. At times when I am alone I feel I am not. It’s a strange feeling I can’t explain. Dreams, thoughts, things and todos have been clogging me for time immemorial. 

With all this in the back of my mind, I begin. Still not sure if it’s an escape or a journey. Unclear whether I am seeking or simply exploring. Not so surprisingly, where is inconsequential. It could have been anywhere. Although, time was critical. This should have happened last year but it didn’t. I am happy that I am finally taking off. Good that things happen, when they happen and how they happen. I am in no mood to complaint. 

I am in debted to all who made this possible in spirit. A doff of hat to near and dear ones. I love you and without your support I couldn’t have come out of the matrix.

About this blog

I don’t dope but the reference to ‘tripping’ is not just a coincidence. ‘Tripping’ is a blog I have started to share my thoughts as I begin a 45 day backpacking trip in Europe with Varun. Keep checking for more..:)

 

How you make me feel

Sinhagad, Maharashtra - 2010

Your thought keeps me in present,
Your thought keeps me lost.
At times I lose my sleep,
At times I find myself.

You make me feel loved,
You make me feel missed.
At times I feel apart,
At times I feel very near.

If only words could describe,
How you make me feel.
If only words could describe,
How it feels to feel complete.

You feel like a dream,
You make me feel real.
At times I don’t wanna fall asleep,
At times I don’t wanna wake up.

You make me feel high,
You make me feel low.
At times I can barely keep afloat,
At times I feel I can fly.

If only words could describe,
How you make me feel.
If only words could describe,
How it feels to feel complete.

Akky

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One hell of a night…

Hutatma Chowk, Mumbai

A fullmoon sight,
Some curiosity and delight

A calming breeze,
An unassuming ease

Loose sand,
No mans land

An epic walk,
Some useless talk

Empty roads,
Two wandering souls

String of lights,
One hell of a night

Akky

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