Microsoft adds Python to deep learning toolkit

Microsoft is adding Python language support to its open source deep learning toolkit for developers. The kit, formerly known as Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK) and now called Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, goes into a beta release today and features reinforcement learning for neural networking.  The Python backing extends the toolkit beyond C++ development for better accessibility. C++ “was good for really serious programmers,” said XD Huang, Microsoft chief speech scientist, but “our mission is simple: to democratize AI,” not only for web developers, but for different disciplines, even sociologists. Python support will offer extensiveness, expressiveness, and flexibility. With reinforcement learning, an agent discovers the correct way to do something, such as navigate a room or form a sentence, via trial and error. A neural network is trained to interact with an environment…


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