Microsoft is stepping up its cloud computing game with a new service called Azure Machine Learning that users visually build and machine learning models, and then publish APIs to insert those models into applications. The service, which will be available for public preview in July, is one of the first of its kind and the latest demonstration of Microsoft’s heavy investment in machine learning.
Azure Machine Learning will include numerous prebuilt model types and packages, including recommendation engines, decision trees, R packages and even deep neural networks (aka deep learning models), explained Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president at Microsoft. The data that the models train on and analyze can reside in Azure or locally, and users are charged based on the number of API calls to their models and the amount of computing resources consumed running them.
The reason why there are so few data scientists today, Sirosh theorized…
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