Machine Learning Trends from NIPS 2014

This blog post is authored by John Platt, Deputy Managing Director and Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research. I just returned from the Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) 2014 conference, which was held this year in Montreal, Canada. NIPS is one of the two main machine learning (ML) conferences, the other being ICML. NIPS has broad… Read more

Bing brings the world’s knowledge to your Office documents

Imagine your child is writing a report about Abraham Lincoln, they just started and so far they’ve typed: “Lincoln was the 16th president of United States. He was born in…” but then realize they’ve forgotten when Honest Abe was born. Ordinarily, they would have to leave Word, open a browser window, search for “Lincoln” –… Read more

Advancing Research in Sign Language Recognition

Re-post of a recent article that ran on the  An estimated 360 million people worldwide suffer from hearing loss. But a majority of hearing individuals do not understand sign language. So communication between the hearing and the deaf can be challenging. Now researchers are poised to make such interactions much more feasible through an easy,… Read more

Channel 9 Video on Azure Stream Analytics

In case you missed it: Channel 9 recently featured a discussion and demos of our preview release of Azure Stream Analytics. “Data Exposed” is a good place on Channel 9 to learn about Microsoft’s world of data – be it relational or non-relational, established products like SQL or brand new. The site now features some… Read more

Machine Learning – Hype or Reality? Microsoft ML Experts Weigh In

The recent Practice of Machine Learning Conference at Microsoft concluded with a lively panel discussion moderated by principal researcher Misha Bilenko on the topic of: "Are We at Peak ML, or at the Start of AI Takeover? Hype vs. Reality of Machine Learning.” Our panelists were: Greg Buehrer, Partner Development Manager, Bing Ads John Platt,… Read more

How Bing Algorithms Incorporate Content Quality to Improve the Ranking of Search Results

Re-post of an article that appeared today on The Role of Content Quality in Bing Ranking Millions of users come to Bing every day to find information that matters to them. In earlier generations of search, a query such as “breast cancer symptoms” would be simply treated as three keywords to match against the web…. Read more

Weekend reading – 3 recent stories

Three new stories about Microsoft ML and Advanced Analytics.   1. Fueling the Oil and Gas industry with IoT The oil and gas industry’s supply chain starts in some of world’s most remote areas and serves consumers globally in all the places where the finished product gets consumed. The industry depends on complex and expensive equipment… Read more

Python Tools for Visual Studio now integrates with Azure Machine Learning

This blog post is authored by Shahrokh Mortazavi, Partner Director of Program Management on the Microsoft Azure Machine Learning team. Two languages are closely associated with Data Science today – R and Python. In Azure ML we’ve supported R for some time – and very soon we’ll add full Python support as well. This includes a… Read more

Tweet Chat with John Platt – Thu December 4th, 1pm PDT

Tweet Chat with John Platt Thu December 4th, 1 pm PDT Hosted by: @MLatMSFT Hashtag: #MLatMSFT He is one of the leading experts in Machine Learning, a multi-patented inventor and data guru. During his Ph.D. at Caltech he even managed to discover a couple of asteroids! He is a Distinguished Scientist and Deputy Managing Director… Read more

Microsoft ML featured on CIO magazine, WIRED, KDnuggets and PCWorld in the past week

Microsoft’s Machine Learning technology got a bit of press coverage in the past week – here’s a quick round up of the major stories:  1. Internet of Things Helps Asthma Patients Breathe Easily  Medical device company Aerocrine is reducing device downtime and better servicing hospitals and clinics by using new IoT services from Microsoft including… Read more