Course info
Feb 23, 2018
2h 15m

Microsoft Cognitive Services are APIs available to developers to make their applications more intelligent, engaging, and discoverable. In this course, Machine Learning and Microsoft Cognitive Services, you will learn about the APIs offered by Azure: vision, knowledge, language, speech, and search. First, you will learn the use cases of content moderation for user-generated content and customizing news feeds and searches for a target audience. Next, you will use APIs for text, image, and video moderation, including customizing the terms or images you want to block using custom lists. Finally, you will explore how the custom decision service uses reinforcement learning under the hood to personalize news feeds, and see how to integrate the service using both the pooled learning mode and the application-specific learning mode. At the end of this course, you will have hands-on experience using these pre-built machine learning models via their REST APIs.

About the author
About the author

A problem solver at heart, Janani has a Masters degree from Stanford and worked for 7+ years at Google. She was one of the original engineers on Google Docs and holds 4 patents for its real-time collaborative editing framework.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
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Course Overview
Hi. My name is Janani Ravi, and welcome to this course on Machine Learning and Microsoft Cognitive Services. A little bit about myself. I have a master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford and have worked with companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Flipkart. At Google, I was one of the first engineers working on real-time collaborative editing in Google docs, and I hold four patents for its underlying technologies. I currently work on my own startup, Loonycorn, a studio for high- quality video content. Products developed today are personalized, interactive, and more intelligent than ever thanks to AI. Building ML models is hard, though using them is easy, and this is why Microsoft's Cognitive Service APIs are so powerful. They use models trained on vast repositories of data to offer solutions for common use cases. Content Moderation APIs allow you to track, flag, or block offensive or unwanted content on your product to help create a better experience for your users. This course shows you how you can use APIs for text, image, and video moderation. The Custom Decision Service uses reinforcement learning under the hood to personalize newsfeeds for your application. This course shows you how you can integrate this Custom Decision Service on your website using both the Pooled Learning mode, as well as the Application-specific Learning mode. Bing search offers APIs for a wide range of use cases such as autosuggest, custom search on specific sites, image and video search tailored for a specific location, and so on. With this course, you will learn how to harness the power of AI using Microsoft Cognitive Services and see real examples of integrating with these APIs.