Baidu Joins the Crowded Race of Open Source Machine Learning Frameworks

Chinese Web services giant Baidu has joined the other big names in search and social media by releasing its machine learning toolkit as an open source project on GitHub. PaddlePaddle — which stands for PArallel Distributed Deep Learning — lets you write pseudocode in Python, which the head of the project, Baidu Distinguished Scientist Wei Xu, said allows developers to “focus on the high-level structure of their model without worrying about the low-level details.” Working at that high a level may mean less flexibility; Baidu Chief Scientist Andrew Ng noted at the announcement that “other deep learning platforms have been a great boon to researchers wanting to invent new deep learning algorithms. But their high degree of flexibility limits their ease of use.” In contrast, PaddlePaddle is aimed at enthusiasts and…


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