AI taught to restore the missing parts of ancient Greek texts

(ORDO NEWS) — Researchers have found a new use for artificial intelligence (AI) – now it helps historians restore ancient documents.

The new software was named Ithaca (Ithaca) in honor of the birthplace of Odysseus, the ancient Greek hero, known for his intelligence and quick wits. In order to “teach” the neural network to work with ancient documents, experts loaded more than 78,000 ancient Greek inscriptions into it.

Each of them was accompanied by data on the time and place of creation. Ithaca looks for patterns in existing texts and then uses them to evaluate other texts.

The researchers claim that AI can restore lost text fragments: from government decrees to the writings of Sappho.

The results of the study show that Ithaca achieved 62% accuracy when working alone and 72% accuracy with a historian, which is about three times higher than when historians worked alone.

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