Pipes Adds Entity Detection

The latest updates to Pipes includes a entity detection module and improvements to our existing keyword analysis capabilities.

There are 2 new modules under String:

  • The Yahoo! Shortcuts module analyzes the input string for popular entities (for example: person, place, concept, organization, etc). If any entities are discovered additional information about each entity is returned (an example of the data returned could include geodata if the entity detected is a place). You can return the data either as a list of items or a string. Here’s an example.
    Yahoo! Shortcuts Module
  • The Term Extractor module analyzes the content in the input string for significant words or phrases. If any terms are found it appends them as a sub-element under each item containing the results of the analysis. It’s functionally similar to the Content Analysis module but adds the ability to analyze any data element (not just title and description). You can return the data either as a list of items or a string. Here’s an example.
    Term Extractor Module

Some other updates worth noting:

  • The Location Extractor module has been updated to support entity detection, and geocoding, using the Yahoo! Shortcuts API. If the title or description of your data source doesn’t contain one of the other popular geocode formats we look for now we’ll do keyword detection.can return the data either as a list of items or a string. Here’s an example.
  • The Content Analysis module has been replaced by the Term Extractor module and can now be found under the list of deprecated modules. Deprecated modules will continue to work but we’re discouraging their use.
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