LAKE WALES, Fla. — The Columbus-Collaboratory has integrated IBM's Watson into the R programming language with its CognizeR.
The open-source R programming language, used by millions of engineers, scientists, statisticians and researchers worldwide, now has direct access to Watson on IBM's Bluemix cloud. Called CognizerR, the new capability is offered, courtesy Columbus Collaboratory—an ecosystem of companies focused on compiling a common repository of open-source code for advanced analytics and cyber security. Download CognizeR for free.
As the premier artificial intelligence (AI) solution from IBM, Watson has in the past required the manual coding of calls to its application programmer interface (API) for every app being developed to use Watson. CognizeR simplifies access to Watson's "Cognitive AI" capabilities by inserting a bullet-proof family of built-in calls to the increasingly popular R language.
CognizerR was created by the Columbus Collaboratory to marry Watson to the popular open-source programming language R. (Source: IBM)
"What is important here is that as more and more people start using standard statistical packages like R, Watson's API services become a viable option for modeling and deep learning using the cloud services available on IBM's BlueMix," David Schubmehl, IDC's research director for Cognitive Systems and Content Analytics told EE Times. "R users can now use Watson APIs for text analytics, and for sifting through unstructured information, instead of just having access to structured information like today."
IBM estimates that today's nine billion connected devices already generate 2.5 quintillion bytes of new data daily. According to IDC, every human in the world will produce 1.7 megabytes of unstructured information every second by 2020 — including chats, emails, social media, images and documents. However less than one percent of that data can be analyzed and used today. Being able to digest more of this unstructured data will be essential to bridge that analytics gap.
Watson made it clear when it won the game show Jeopardy that it could sift through unstructured data in its memory banks faster than human. Since then Watson has moved to the clouds where it can be accessed from any device — from supercomputers to smartphones. Eventually the whole repertoire of Watson's AI capabilities will likely be added to CognizeR, but the first release includes just its Language Translation, Personality Insights, Tone Analyzer, Speech to Text, Text to Speech and Visual Recognition algorithms.
For more information read IBM's Accelerating Data Scientist Access to Watson with CognizeR blog.
— R. Colin Johnson, Advanced Technology Editor, EE Times