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  • Blog Post: KDD – Two Themes

    This blog post is authored by Jacob Spoelstra , Director of Data Science at the Information Management & Machine Learning (IMML) team at Microsoft. The recently concluded KDD conference reaffirmed its claim as the premier conference for Data Science, for both theory and practice, as evidenced...
  • Blog Post: Extensibility and R Support in the Azure ML Platform

    This blog post is authored by Debi Mishra , Partner Engineering Manager in the Information Management and Machine Learning team at Microsoft. The open source community practicing machine learning (ML) has grown significantly over the last several years with R and Python tools and packages especially...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Machine Learning Hackathon 2014

    This blog post is authored by Ran Gilad-Bachrach , a Researcher with the Machine Learning Group in Microsoft Research. Earlier this summer, we had our first broad internal machine learning (ML) hackathon at the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond. One aspect of this hackathon was a one-day competition...
  • Blog Post: Video – Pier 1 Imports Uses Azure ML to Build a Better Relationship with their Customers

    This is the first in a series of posts on how Microsoft customers are gaining actionable insights on their data by operationalizing Machine Learning at scale in the cloud. With over 1,000 stores, Pier 1 Imports aims to be their customers’ neighborhood store for furniture and home décor...
  • Blog Post: Machine Learning, meet Computer Vision – Part 2

    This blog post is co-authored by Jamie Shotton , Antonio Criminisi and Sebastian Nowozin of Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK. In our last post , we introduced you to the field of computer vision and talked about a powerful approach, classifying pixels using decision forests, which has found broad...
  • Blog Post: Vowpal Wabbit for Fast Learning

    This blog post is authored by John Langford , Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, New York City. Vowpal Wabbit is an open source machine learning (ML) system sponsored by Microsoft. VW is the essence of speed in machine learning, able to learn from terafeature datasets with ease. Via parallel...
  • Blog Post: In Conversation with John Platt

    You’ve heard from John Platt a few times on this site, including his introductory post on What is Machine Learning? and this piece where he talks about Twenty Years of Machine Learning at Microsoft . Larry Larsen from Channel 9 recently got the opportunity to have an in-depth conversation with...
  • Blog Post: Machine Learning, meet Computer Vision

    This blog post is co-authored by Jamie Shotton , Antonio Criminisi and Sebastian Nowozin of Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK. Computer vision, the field of building computer algorithms to automatically understand the contents of images, grew out of AI and cognitive neuroscience around the 1960s....
  • Blog Post: Machine Learning and Text Analytics

    The following post is from Dr. Ashok Chandra , Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research and Dhyanesh Narayanan , Program Manager at Microsoft Research When I (Ashok) was a student at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the 70’s, there was great optimism that human-level machine...
  • Blog Post: Users Embrace Azure ML Public Preview

    This blog post is authored by Roger Barga , Group Program Manager for Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Last month we announced Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and, this week, we made it available for public preview at our Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 (WPC) . There was a lot of excitement and...
  • Blog Post: How Azure ML Partners are Innovating for their Customers

    This blog post is authored by Joseph Sirosh , Corporate Vice President of Machine Learning at Microsoft. Last week, Microsoft announced a preview release of Azure Machine Learning (Azure ML) which is now available for customers and partners to try. Azure ML is a fully managed service in the cloud...
  • Blog Post: Machine Learning for Industry: A Case Study

    This blog post is authored by Chris Burges , Principal Research Manager at Microsoft Research, Redmond. Hi, I’m Chris Burges. Over my last 14 years at Microsoft, and my previous 14 at Bell Labs, I’ve spent much of my time dabbling with machine learning (ML), with some of that time spent...
  • Blog Post: Recommendations Everywhere

    This blog post is authored by Thore Graepel , Principal Researcher at Microsoft. Good recommendations are needed everywhere. Whether you are looking for a movie you might enjoy watching or a book that you might enjoy reading or even suggestions for people with similar interests who you could connect...
  • Blog Post: Twenty Years of Machine Learning at Microsoft

    This blog post is authored by John Platt , a Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research. People may not realize it: Microsoft has more than twenty years of experience in creating machine learning systems and applying them to real problems. This experience is much longer than the recent buzz around...
  • Blog Post: What is Machine Learning?

    This blog post is authored by John Platt , a Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research. Hi, I’m John Platt. For 17 years now, I’ve been creating and using machine learning (ML) algorithms at Microsoft. ML has become very popular lately, so often people ask me, “What is machine...
  • Blog Post: The Joy (and Hard Work) of Machine Learning

    This blog post is authored by Joseph Sirosh . Few people appreciate the enormous potential of machine learning (ML) in enterprise applications. I was lucky enough to get a taste of its potential benefits just a few months into my first job. It was 1995 and credit card issuers were beginning to adopt...