IBM Watson gets a big data boost with open source CognizeR extension

Image: iStockphoto/seewhatmitchsee Data scientists using the programming language R will soon find it much easier to leverage the tools and services offered by IBM Watson. On Thursday, IBM Watson and Columbus Collaboratory partnered on the release of CognizeR, an open-source R extension that makes it easier to use Watson from a native development environment. Typically, Watson services like Watson Language and Translation of Visual Recognition are leveraged via API calls that have to be coded in Java or Python. Now, using the CognizeR extension, data scientists can tap into Watson directly from their R environment. “CognizeR offers easier access to a variety of Watson’s artificial intelligence services that can enhance the performance of predictive models developed in R, an open-source language widely used by data scientists for statistical and analytics…


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