Google uses machine learning to make its spreadsheets smarter

Google announced on Monday that its Sheets spreadsheet application in Google Drive can now fill in missing table values using machine learning. The new Chrome Store add-in, called Smart Autofill, utilizes Google’s Prediction API, and is theoretically very useful. It could allow laypersons to build small-scale machine learning models that could be used to make predictions about pretty much anything. Recently, a natural-language processing startup called Aylien released an add-in that lets users run some complex text analysis using Google Sheets. Microsoft has also used machine learning to smarten up Excel through a feature called Flash Fill.