Digital Reasoning Releases Synthesis Version 4

December 9, 2016

Digital Reasoning has released the latest iteration of its Synthesys platform, we learn from Datanami’s piece, “Cognitive Platform Sharpens Focus on Untructured Data.” Readers may recall that Digital Reasoning provides tools to the controversial US Army intelligence system known as DCGS. The write-up specifies:

Version 4 of the Digital Reasoning platform released on Tuesday (June 21) is based on proprietary analytics tools that apply deep learning neural network techniques across text, audio and images. Synthesys 4 also incorporates behavioral analytics based on anomaly detection techniques.

The upgrade also reflects the company’s push into user and ‘entity’ behavior analytics, a technique used to leverage machine learning in security applications such as tracking suspicious activity on enterprise networks and detecting ransomware attacks. ‘We are especially excited to expand into the area of entity behavior analytics, combining the analysis of structured and unstructured data into a person-centric, prioritized profile that can be used to predict employees at risk for insider threats,’ Bill DiPietro, Digital Reasoning’s vice president of product management noted in a statement.

The platform has added Spanish and Chinese to its supported languages, which come with syntactic parsing. There is also now support for Elasticsearch, included in the pursuit of leveraging unstructured data in real time. The company emphasizes the software’s ability to learn from context, as well as enhanced tools for working with reports.

Digital Reasoning was founded in 2000, and makes its primary home in Nashville, Tennessee, with offices in Washington, DC, and London. The booming company is also hiring, especially in the Nashville area.

Cynthia Murrell, December 9, 2016




Machine Learning Is Play for Children

November 5, 2015

I heard an interesting idea the other idea.  Most parents think that when their toddler can figure out how to use a tablet that he or she is a genius, but did you ever consider that the real genius is the person who actually designed the tablet’s interface?  Soon a software developer will be able to think their newest cognitive system is the next Einstein or Edison says Computer World in the article, “Machines Will Learn Just Like A Child, Says IBM CEO.”

IBM’s CEO Virginia Rometty said that technology is to the point where machines are almost close to reasoning.  Current cognitive systems are now capable of understanding unstructured data, such as images, videos, songs, and more.

” ‘When I say reason it’s like you and I, if there is an issue or question, they take in all the information that they know, they stack up a set of hypotheses, they run it against all that data to decide, what do I have the most confidence in, ‘ Rometty said. The machine ‘can prove why I do or don’t believe something, and if I have high confidence in an answer, I can show you the ranking of what my answers are and then I learn.’ ”

The cognitive systems learn more as they are fed more data.  There is a greater demand for machines that can process more data and are “smarter” and handle routines that make it useful.

The best news about machines gaining the learning capabilities of a human child is that they will not replace an actual human being, but rather augment our knowledge and current technology.

Whitney Grace, November 5, 2015

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Managing Unstructured Data in Just Nine Steps

February 25, 2015

I’m sure Datamation will help some companies with its post, “Big Data: 9 Steps to Extract Insight from Unstructured Data.” However, we think these steps may make other companies look for easier options. Writer Salil Godika explains why he feels these steps are worth the effort:

“Organizations have to study both structured and unstructured data to arrive at meaningful business decisions…. Not only do they have to analyze information provided by consumers and other organizations, information collected from devices must be scrutinized. This must be done not only to ensure that the organization is on top of any network security threats, but to also ensure the proper functioning of embedded devices.

“While sifting through vast amounts of information can look like a lot of work, there are rewards. By reading large, disparate sets of unstructured data, one can identify connections from unrelated data sources and find patterns. What makes this method of analysis extremely effective is that it enables the discovery of trends; traditional methods only work with what is already quantifiable, while looking through unstructured data can cause revelations.”

The nine steps presented in the article begin at the beginning (“make sense of the disparate data sources”) and ends at the logical destination (“obtain insight from the analysis and visualize it”.) See the article for the steps in between and their descriptions. A few highlights include designating the technology stack for data processing and storage, creating a “term frequency matrix” to understand word patterns and flow, and performing an ontology evaluation.

Writer Salil Godika concludes with a reminder that new types of information call for new approaches, including revised skillsets for data scientists. The ability to easily blend and analyze information from disparate sources in a variety of formats remains the ultimate data-analysis goal.

Cynthia Murrell, February 25, 2015

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Guide to Getting the Most Out of Your Unstructured Data

January 23, 2015

The article on Datamation titled Big Data: 9 Steps to Extract Insight Unstructured Data explores the process of analyzing all of the data organizations collect from phone calls, emails and social media. The article stipulates that this data does contain insights into patterns and connections important to the company. The suggested starting point is deciding what data needs to be analyzed, based on relevance. At this point, the reason for the analysis and what will be done with the information should be clear. After planning on the technology stack the information should be kept in a data lake. The article explains,

“Traditionally, an organization obtained or generated information, sanitized it and stored it away… Anything useful that was discarded in the initial data load was lost as a result… However, with the advent of Big Data, it has come into common practice to do the opposite. With a data lake, information is stored in its native format until it is actually deemed useful and needed for a specific purpose, preserving metadata or anything else that might assist in the analysis.”

The article continues with steps 5-9, which include preparing the data for storage, saving useful information, ontology evaluation, statistical modeling and finally, gaining insights from the analysis. While an interesting breakdown of the process, the number of steps in the article might seem overwhelming for companies in a hurry and not technically robust.

Chelsea Kerwin, January 23, 2014

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