This new R extension gives data scientists quick access to IBM’s Watson

Open-source CognizeR puts ‘cognitive’ AI within closer reach IBM’s Watson offices on Astor Place, New York City, on July 12, 2016. Credit: Marc Ferranti Data scientists have a lot of tools at their disposal, but not all of them are equally accessible. Aiming to put IBM’s Watson AI within closer reach, analytics firm Columbus Collaboratory on Thursday released a new open-source R extension called CognizeR. R is an open-source language that’s widely used by data scientists for statistical and analytics applications. Previously, data scientists would have had to exit R to tap Watson’s capabilities, coding the calls to Watson’s application programming interfaces (APIs) in another language, such as Java or Python. Now, CognizeR lets them tap into Watson’s so-called “cognitive” artificial-intelligence services without leaving their native development environment. “Data scientists…


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