Hungarian Scientists Find Way for Computer to Help Dogs Communicate with Humans

 |  Jan 17th 2008  |   1 Contribution


So that's why Beatrice keeps trying to get tp the computer...

Thanks to Ted and Anders for barking in this article from Reuters.

Computer can help your dog communicate
Wed Jan 16, 2008

(Reuters) - Hungarian scientists are working on computer software analyzing dog barks that could allow people to better recognize dogs' basic emotions, Hungarian ethologist Csaba Molnar said.


Molnar and his colleagues at Budapest's ELTE University have tested software which distinguishes the emotional reaction of 14 dogs of the Hungarian Mudi herding breed to six situations: When the dog is alone, when it sees a ball, it fights, it plays, it encounters a stranger or it goes for a walk.

"A possible commercial application could be a device for dog-human communication," the scientist told Reuters.

The computer correctly recognized the emotional reaction of the dogs based on their barks and yelps in 43 percent of the cases. People had judged correctly in 40 percent of cases.

Scientists said the software could be improved.

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