Probabilistic computing is a game changer

April 13, 2015 9:48 PM

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Probabilistic computing is a game changer

With the development of the internet, data availability is often times not a problem – it’s what you do with the data that actually matters. As a matter of fact, analyzing huge data sets and looking for patterns is a big part of what programmers do today. In what promises to be a huge game changer, computer scientists have developed so-called probabilistic programming languages, which let researchers mix and match different machine-learning techniques.

Using this newly developed technique of probabilistic computing, MIT researchers have demonstrated short programs (about 50 lines of code) which are competitive with conventional systems with thousands of lines of code. The development might be hugely important for facial recognition and reconstruct...

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