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Bruce S's HappyGram

Photos from Unsplash users left to right, top to bottom: Sean O., Will Langenberg, Dev, Donna Lay.

How was this made?

First, we took the text of your happy moment:

Day at the beach yesterday. Silver sands at walnut beach state park and had a chance to go to some art galleries. It was low tide and the sand goes on forever. It really made me feel free.

Identify Entities and Syntax

What it is:
We take that text and run it through the Google Cloud Natural Language API. This provides a variety of natural language analysis, including the identification of entities ordered by salience (or importance) and a wide variety of parts of speech.

What we do with it:
We extract the "entities" and syntax to search for images. Entities are the nouns that are identified by Google's API. We are also provided syntax analysis of all the content, and from that we link verbs to nouns to make better image searches.
Day at the beach1 yesterday. Silver sands2 at walnut beach1 state park and had a chance3 to go to some art galleries5 . It was low tide7 and the sand6 goes on forever. It really made me feel free.

We link nouns and verbs together to return better image search results. For instance, we create the entity group "ride horse" instead of just the entity "horse". Something to keep in mind is the image search results are only as strong as the images available. In this case, we're querying Unsplash, a free, crowd-sourced database of photographs.

Determine Sentiment

What it is:
Sentiment analysis identifies the leading emotional opinion, which can be used to determine the attitude as positive, negative, or neutral.

What we do with it:
Adjust the saturation of images. Images with a more positive sentiment will be more saturated, conversely we desaturate more negative sentiment.

Sentiment Score: 0.4 (Positive)

-1.0 to -0.25 -0.25 to 0.25 0.25 to 1.0


What it is:
AutoML is an API platform provided by Google to create custom machine learning models. You simply upload data, categorize representative parts of the data, and Google will process the data and allow evaluation on any arbitrary input to match to your data labels.

What we do with it:
We have created a model that uses nearly 20,000 categorized happy moments taken from users online to evaluate your moment into one of the seven different categories. We have assigned Instagram-like filters to each category so that all happy moments from each category share a similar look.

This moment's category relevance

Use the slider to view image before (left) and after (right) applying filter based on category.

How Machine Learning Can Help Your Organization

This experiment is fun, but the real purpose we built it was to explore the many ways we can harness machine learning to revolutionize content creation for all kinds of content platforms. How could it help your organization?

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