BigML turns its cloud prediction engine toward text

Machine learning startup BigML now supports text data in its cloud-based prediction service. It has always analyzed numerical fields in complex datasets to determine the relationship between them and any given outcome, and how it will consider the importance of words, too.

How deep learning can teach computers Spanish without a tutor

Google has released another paper showing off the power of its deep learning techniques for text analysis. It shows how models can detect similar usage of words across different languages, meaning it can accurately translate words and concepts from one language to another.

‘Smart’ keyboard startup SwiftKey raises $17.5M, aims to invest in machine learning

SwiftKey, a London-based startup that sells a popular “smart” keyboard for Android devices, has closed a $17.5 million series B led by Index Ventures. The company plans to spend the money on research to “fuel further innovation in the fields of Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning,” among other things, according to a press release. That’s probably not a bad idea given Google’s vested interest keyboard dominance and focus on cutting-edge text analysis.