Mitzi pointed out the increasing politicization of Yahoo! Weather News, which now offers extensive coverage of the recent American mid-term elections. For instance, today’s roundup of weather-related news includes this excerpt from a piece by Gail Russell Chaddock in the Christian Science Monitor [my emphasis]:
Call it a triumph of inside politics. While midterms 2010 felt like a tsunami outside of Washington, the waves didn’t reach Capitol Hill’s corner offices, where House leadership teams in both parties barely budged.
Classification, The Mother-in-Law Recipe*
Add one part heuristic dictionary matching, one part metaphor, stir, and put into production.
Classification, The Real Recipe
Post-process the previous recipe by filering output with a conservative threshold using a simple bag-of-words classifier. After all, it’s a precision-related game.
If nothing else, you can bootstrap training data from the seed terms.
* Mitzi** uses the term “mother-in-law recipe” for one with missing steps. The result is that the unsuspecting daughter-in-law could never duplicate mother’s results. Mitzi comes from a family of competitive (and talented) cooks. Mitzi got just such a recipe from my dad’s mother for vanilla buttercream frosting, which was legendary for both quality and the fact that only grandma could make it. I think that was simple omission, because Grandma gave her a live demo of how she made it when Mitzi said she couldn’t reproduce the recipe.
** I couldn’t find a reference on the internet, but in about ten seconds Mitzi found one in print in Michael J. Rosen’s Great American Bake Sale.