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Want to know who to vote for? IBM’s Watson Elections will make an emotional decision for you

TechCrunch TechCrunch 8/05/2016 Sarah Buhr

Sad, mad, glad, confused about the presidential race so far? Well, if you are really lost on who to vote for IBM may have a solution, depending on your mood.

Watson Elections, one of the surprisingly fewpolitical applications for IBM’s supercomputer, debuted on stage this morning at TechCrunch’s Disrupt Hackathon in Brooklyn, New York to help us decided the best candidate fitting our feelings.

If you are angry and disgusted right now, you may want to go for Donald Trump. A little less angry and just sadder fits a vote for Bernie Sanders.

Of course, if you are really happy right now, Trump also fits the bill.

Watson Elections uses natural language processing based on what each candidate said in the press to determine their overall mood. Hillary Clinton seems to be on the low end of all feelings, with much more neutral language, for example.

Two IBM researchers, Nikos Anerousis and Jinho Hwang, came up with the application after pulling an all-nighter at our Hackathon tell me they’d eventually like to throw a few other features into the application. Whether or not a candidate is lying would be one. Another would be to eventually predict who’s got the job based on voter sentiment.

And there’s still a lot to iron out in the app to make sure it’s working. It was just drummed up overnight, after all.

“The thing with these models is you need an accurate training set,” Anerousis said. “You still have to validate some of the output here and verify what is real.”

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