Need Semantic Analysis? The World is Your Roistr

Roistr is a project that’s smaller than our typical API feature.  It shows the falling barrier to entry in the API world even in a the demanding academic area of natural language processing and semantic analysis.  The primary Roistr API function is a “best match” engine.  It offers an interesting use case to demonstrate the relevance of the service: take a Twitter username and use tweets from this account to find content most relevant to the user’s interests.

Using a Twitter account to sign in at a new site has become a common experience on today’s web. I thought of this as mainly a convenience to the user.  What I didn’t realize is that in addition to the benefit of not needing to create yet another username and password, the website can use public profile information on twitter to customize the users’s experience of the site.  I typically thought of this as more of a feature of Facebook sign-in, when you just assume that you’re giving away all you’re personal details to some anonymous party.

The Roistr API is RESTful and is offered with a client implemented in Python.  This site seems very new since there are lots of plans for expansion.  It seems like each passing week brings another player to the natural language and semantic analysis space.  Currently there are more than 80 semantic APIs in our index. Will Roistr gain staying power?  Stay tuned to find out.  The service kind of reminds me of, which we profiled back in April 2011.

Be sure to read the next API article: Over 2,000 APIs Added in 2011: Social, Telephony, Open Government


Comments (3)

I'm the co-founder of Roistr and wanted to thank the people at ProgrammableWeb for this article.

I also wanted to say that if anyone has any questions about what we do or how we do it, then feel free to write here or contact me directly. We're really into NLP so we're happy to chat about anything related.

All the best!

You are very welcome Alan. We're always looking to feature new entrants to the API space. I'm looking forward to a conversation to get to know a bit more about your work at Roistr.