Arria Provides AI-Generated Narratives to Help Public Understand COVID-19 Data

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Arria, a leader in Natural Language Generation (NLG), announced today its involvement with two online initiatives that gather the latest data on COVID-19, and use Artificial Intelligence to transform the numbers into easy-to-understand written analyses of that data.

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“Arria's tools are a way to cut through the information clutter, get straight to the facts, and keep the public informed,” says Sharon Daniels, Arria’s chief executive officer.

Arria, a leader in Natural Language Generation (NLG), announced today its involvement with two online initiatives that gather the latest data on COVID-19, and use Artificial Intelligence to transform the numbers into easy-to-understand written analyses of that data.

Arria’s written narratives are already available on one online dashboard at http://www.arria.com/covid19. This initiative leverages a tracking sample created by Microsoft’s Power BI team for COVID-19 and draws from the latest data from USAFacts. Arria’s dashboard allows users to select their state or county and a date range to generate a localized narrative.

Later this week, Arria’s natural language technology will be incorporated into a COVID-19 live report operated by TIBCO Software Inc., which takes worldwide data supplied by Johns Hopkins University and generates a dashboard with comprehensive lists of statistics and visualizations. Arria’s contribution to this dashboard means users will immediately receive plain-language explanation of the numbers that matter most to them, whether they’re looking at worldwide totals or drilling down to the statistics for their own region.

“These tools are a way to cut through the information clutter, get straight to the facts, and keep the public informed,” says Sharon Daniels, Arria’s chief executive officer.

“The sheer flood of data and information we are seeing daily about the pandemic is nearly impossible to process without the help of technology. People want information that will help them understand what’s happening, particularly in the areas where they live. But if that information is too confusing and complicated, they are going to remain confused or scared – wondering what to do, how to help, or how to keep their families safe.”

Each of these initiatives allows anyone – from government leaders to journalists to citizens – to review up-to-date COVID-19 data, along with critical insights transformed into writing by Arria’s NLG software. The software uses language analytics and computational linguistics to “think” like a writer, pulling the most important information to the top of the narrative, providing critical insights, and giving meaning to the tabulated reports and visualizations.

“People don’t have to try to decipher the charts and the graphs,” Daniels says. “The AI-driven narrative analyzes the data for them and explains the most important information in plain language that is easy to understand quickly.”

A short video demo of the Arria and TIBCO dashboard is available at https://vimeo.com/403201299/8f62e8ecec.

About ARRIA NLG PLC
ARRIA NLG PLC is the global leader in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) known as natural language generation (NLG). Arria owns, develops, and licenses its core, patented NLG technologies, which are available via the Arria NLG Platform. The heart of the Arria NLG Platform is the Arria NLG Engine – the world’s most advanced natural language generation engine. The key to the platform is Arria NLG Studio – the world’s first true NLG tool for developers.

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