Hey folks, we have a couple of announcements for you today. First is that ORES has a large set of new functionality that you might like to take advantage of. We'll also want to talk about a BREAKING CHANGE on April 7th.

Don't know what ORES is?  See http://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/11/30/artificial-intelligence-x-ray-specs/

New functionality

Scoring UI
Sometimes you just want to score a few revisions in ORES and remembering the URL structure is hard. So, we've build a simple scoring user-interface that will allow you to more easily score a set of edits.

New API version
We've been consistently getting requests to include more information in ORES' responses. In order to make space for this new information, we needed to change the structure of responses. But we wanted to do this without breaking the tools that are already using ORES. So, we've developed a versioning scheme that will allow you to take advantage of new functionality when you are ready. The same old API will continue to be available at https://ores.wmflabs.org/scores/, but we've added two additional paths on top of this.
Swagger documentation
Curious about the new functionality available in "v2" or maybe what the change was from "v1"? We've implemented a structured description of both versions of the scoring API using swagger -- which is becoming a defacto stanard for this sort of thing. Visit https://ores.wmflabs.org/v1/ or https://ores.wmflabs.org/v2/ to see the Swagger user-interface. Visithttps://ores.wmflabs.org/v1/spec/ or https://ores.wmflabs.org/v2/spec/ to get the specification in a machine-readable format.

Feature values & injection
Have you wondered what ORES uses to make it's predictions? You can now ask ORES to show you the list of "feature" statistics it uses to score revisions. For example, https://ores.wmflabs.org/v2/scores/enwiki/wp10/34567892/?features will return the score with a mapping of feature values used by the "wp10" article quality model in English Wikipedia to score oldid=34567892. You can also "inject" features into the scoring process to see how that affects the prediction. E.g.,https://ores.wmflabs.org/v2/scores/enwiki/wp10/34567892?features&feature.wikitext.revision.chars=10000

Breaking change -- new models
We've been experimenting with new learning algorithms to make ORES work better and we've found that we get better results with gradient boosting and random forest strategies than we do with the current linear svc models. We'd like to get these new, better models deployed as soon as possible, but with the new algorithm comes a change in the range of probabilities returned by the model. So, when we deploy this change, any tools that uses hard-coded thresholds on ORES' prediction probabilities will suddenly start behaving strangely. Regretfully, we haven't found a way around this problem, so we're announcing the change now and we plan to deploy this BREAKING CHANGE on April 7th. Please subscribe to the AI mailinglist or watch our project page [[:m:ORES]] to catch announcements of future changes and new functionality.

In order to make sure we don't end up in the same situation the next time we want to change an algorithm, we've included a suite of evaluation statistics with each model. The filter_rate_at_recall(0.9), filter_rate_at_recall(0.75), and recall_at_fpr(0.1) thresholds represent three critical thresholds (should review, needs review, and definitely damaging -- respectively) that can be used to automatically configure your wiki tool.  You can find out these thresholds for your model of choice by adding the ?model_info parameter to requests.  So, come breaking change, we strongly recommend basing your thresholds on these statistics in the future. We'll be working to submit patches to tools that use ORES in the next week to implement this flexibility.  Hopefully, all you'll need to do is worth with us on those.

-halfak & The Revision Scoring team