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Watson analyzes ‘Harry Potter,’ makes some astute character observations

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11784270525_b2f0d58340_kThroughout the Harry Potter series of books, the characters continually find abilities within themselves that they didn’t know they had. In that same vein, we’re finding new, surprising applications for cognitive computing seemingly every day.

We know IBM Watson can help students learn. By connecting to Watson through the cloud using Bluemix, students in Texas are learning how to design serious games, for example. But could it also help them get more out of the books they read?

Tech Insider asked research staffer Vinith Misra to give author J.K. Rowling’s seven Harry Potter books and the eight movies to Watson to discover what insights it would glean from the tones of characters’ dialogue. The results are pretty stunning. Watson found, for instance, that Harry exhibits just as much anger as does Voldemort, the series’ main antagonist (and who we were very brave to even name). Watson also discovered some major differences in the characters between the books and the movies. For example, Snape is much angrier in the books.

For more of Watson’s Harry Potter insights, check out Tech Insider’s post.

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