AWS Machine Learning Blog

Category: Artificial Intelligence

How Citibot’s chatbot search engine uses AI to find more answers

Citibot is a technology company that builds AI-powered chat solutions for local governments such as Fort Worth, Texas; Charleston, South Carolina; and Arlington, Virginia. With Citibot, local residents can quickly get answers to city-related questions, report issues, and receive real-time alerts via text responses. To power these interactions, Citibot uses Amazon Lex, a service for building conversational interfaces for text and voice applications. Citibot built the chatbot to handle basic call queries, which allows government employees to allocate more time to higher-impact community actions.

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Amazon EC2 Inf1 instances featuring AWS Inferentia chips now available in five new Regions and with improved performance

Following strong customer demand, AWS has expanded the availability of Amazon EC2 Inf1 instances to five new Regions: US East (Ohio), Asia Pacific (Sydney, Tokyo), and Europe (Frankfurt, Ireland). Inf1 instances are powered by AWS Inferentia chips, which Amazon custom-designed to provide you with the lowest cost per inference in the cloud and lower barriers […]

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Expanding scientific portfolios and adapting to a changing world with Amazon Personalize

This is a guest blog post by David A. Smith at Thermo Fisher. In their own words, “Thermo Fisher Scientific is the world leader in serving science. Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner, and safer. Whether our customers are accelerating life sciences research, solving complex analytical challenges, improving […]

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Amazon Textract now available in Asia Pacific (Mumbai) and EU (Frankfurt) Regions 

You can now use Amazon Textract, a machine learning (ML) service that quickly and easily extracts text and data from forms and tables in scanned documents, for workloads in the AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) and EU (Frankfurt) Regions. Amazon Textract goes beyond simple optical character recognition (OCR) to identify the contents of fields in forms, […]

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Accessing data sources from Amazon SageMaker R kernels

Amazon SageMaker notebooks now support R out-of-the-box, without needing you to manually install R kernels on the instances. Also, the notebooks come pre-installed with the reticulate library, which offers an R interface for the Amazon SageMaker Python SDK and enables you to invoke Python modules from within an R script. You can easily run machine […]

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Training a custom single class object detection model with Amazon Rekognition Custom Labels

Customers often need to analyze their images to find objects that are unique to their business needs. In many cases, this may be a single object, like identifying the company’s logo, finding a particular industrial or agricultural defect, or locating a specific event like a hurricane in satellite scans. In this post, we showcase how […]

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Increasing the relevance of your Amazon Personalize recommendations by leveraging contextual information

Getting relevant recommendations in front of your users at the right time is a crucial step for the success of your personalization strategy. However, your customer’s decision-making process shifts depending on the context at the time when they’re interacting with your recommendations. In this post, I show you how to set up and query a […]

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Amazon Forecast can now use Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) to train forecasting models up to 2X faster with up to 30% higher accuracy

We’re excited to announce that Amazon Forecast can now use Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) to train forecasting models up to 2X faster with up to 30% higher accuracy. CNN algorithms are a class of neural network-based machine learning (ML) algorithms that play a vital role in Amazon.com’s demand forecasting system and enable Amazon.com to predict […]

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Securing Amazon Comprehend API calls with AWS PrivateLink

Amazon Comprehend now supports Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) endpoints via AWS PrivateLink so you can securely initiate API calls to Amazon Comprehend from within your VPC and avoid using the public internet. Amazon Comprehend is a fully managed natural language processing (NLP) service that uses machine learning (ML) to find meaning and insights […]

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Machine learning best practices in financial services

We recently published a new whitepaper, Machine Learning Best Practices in Financial Services, that outlines security and model governance considerations for financial institutions building machine learning (ML) workflows. The whitepaper discusses common security and compliance considerations and aims to accompany a hands-on demo and workshop that walks you through an end-to-end example. Although the whitepaper […]

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