This is the Katrina of ISIS analogies pic.twitter.com/WxxzkGYR4Z
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) October 6, 2014
Some LLOG background:
This suggests a new challenge for approaches to "distributional semantics" (e.g. Tomas Mikolov et al., "Distributed Representations of Words and Phrases and their Compositionality", NIPS 2013; Paramveer Dhillon et al., 'Two Step CCA: A new spectral method for estimating vector models of words", ICML 2012).
One of the standard tasks is analogies: X is to Y as Z is to __? So you could define a new task, __ is the Y of Z, or X is the __ of Z, or X is the Y of __. The answers will be a more dependent on individual aesthetic judgments, of course, but what the task loses in objectivity it may gain in amusement.
Update — JP points us in the comments to Teju Cole, "What it is", The New Yorker 10/7/2014, which offers a chunk of training data for our new "X is the Y of Z" task:
Is Ebola the ISIS of biological agents? Is Ebola the Boko Haram of AIDS? Is Ebola the al-Shabaab of dengue fever? Some say Ebola is the Milosevic of West Nile virus. Others say Ebola is the Ku Klux Klan of paper cuts. It’s obvious that Ebola is the MH370 of MH17. But at some point the question must be asked whether Ebola isn’t also the Narendra Modi of sleeping sickness. And I don’t mean to offend anyone’s sensitivities, but there’s more and more reason to believe that Ebola is the Sani Abacha of having some trouble peeing. At first there was, understandably, the suspicion that Ebola was the Hitler of apartheid, but now it has become abundantly clear that Ebola is actually the George W. Bush of being forced to listen to someone’s podcast. Folks, this thing is serious. The World Health Organization calls it the Putin of Stalin. In layperson’s terms, that’s like saying it’s the Stalin of U2. Now we are seeing the idea thrown around that it could be the Black Hand of the Black Death, not to mention the Red Peril of the Red Plague. If you don’t want to go that far, you have to at least admit that Ebola is the Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb of Stage IV brain cancer. At this point, it’s very possible that Ebola could become airborne and turn into the Tea Party of extreme climate events. Throughout the country of Africa, Ebola is the Abu Ghraib of think pieces. Look, I’m not the politically correct type, so I’m just going to put this out there: Ebola is the neo-Nazism of niggling knee injuries. The kind of threat it poses to the American way of life essentially makes it the North Korea of peanut allergies. I’m not going to lie to you, and I don’t care what color you are, you could be red, green, blue, purple, whatever; you need to understand that Ebola (the Obama of Osama, but don’t quote me) is literally the “Some of my best friends are black” of #NotAllMen. But the burning question no one has raised yet is whether Ebola is the Newsweek of halitosis. We’ll go to the phones in a moment and get your take on this. But first let me open the discussion up to our panel and ask whether Ebola is merely the Fox News of explosive incontinence, or whether the situation is much worse than that and Ebola is, in fact, the CNN of CNN.