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Software speaks dogs' language

Researchers create software to help analyze animal behavior and communication.

Hungarian researchers used a software system and neural network to map a variety of dog barks--initiating play, warning a stranger, threatening an opponent, and other signals. The system was able to correctly identify the situation in which each bark was uttered, with some variation in accuracy. Their findings suggest some interesting conclusions about individual dog personalities and a "universal language" understood across breeds and between packs, as well as interactions with humans.

Read the full story at New Scientist (free subscription may be required): Computer decodes dog communication