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Microsoft Project Oxford Natural-Language Machine-Learning Beta Debuts

By eWeek

October 29, 2015

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Microsoft Research's Project Oxford is now offering a public beta version of its Language Understanding Intelligent Service (LUIS).

Project Oxford is a collection of machine-learning application programming interfaces (API) and services.

Developers can use LUIS to build intelligent apps that understand natural language. Apps would accept natural language inputs similar to the way the Windows 10 digital assistant Cortana can be used to set reminders by uttering commands in plain English.

Previously, LUIS was available on an invitation-only basis.

Project Oxford also is offering Chinese language support and more pre-built models, which are based on the code Microsoft uses for its own products.

"Now, all of the data you've entered into a LUIS application can be downloaded to a JSON [JavaScript Object Notation] object and new applications can be created by importing that JSON object," says Microsoft Research's Ryan Galgon. "This allows developers to copy applications, share applications with others, and check their applications into source control--for example, to be versioned alongside the code for the client app that calls LUIS."

In addition, Microsoft has published beta versions of the Project Oxford face, computer vision, and speech software development kits to the GitHub code repository. "This will enable us to better work with the community and build a more inclusive, robust platform," Galgon says.

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