Columbus Collaboratory Announces “CognizeR,” an Open Source R Extension that Accelerates Data Scientists' Access to IBM Watson

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CognizeR enhances and simplifies how two million data scientists can access and build cognitive solutions within their native development environment

Columbus Collaboratory, an advanced analytics and cybersecurity company, today announced the release of CognizeR, an open-source R extension that can enhance and simplify how more than two million data scientists using R can access and build with IBM Watson. Now, data scientists can bypass having to code the calls to the cognitive APIs in another language, such as Java or Python, and tap directly into Watson APIs without leaving their own native development environment.

With the release of CognizeR, Columbus Collaboratory is focused on advancing the adoption of cognitive computing within its founding companies, as well as within the data scientist community worldwide. CognizeR offers easier access to a variety of Watson’s artificial intelligence services that can enhance the performance of predictive models developed in R, an open-source language widely used by data scientists for statistical and analytics applications.

Today’s world is immersed in a deluge of data. According to IDC, an estimated 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second for every human in the world by 2020 -- however, less than one percent is analyzed and used for insights. This data lives in unstructured forms like chats, emails, social media, images and documents. CognizeR allows data scientists to easily tap into Watson services to unlock this data and find new insights that can improve their predictive models for numerous industry applications -- from finance to insurance to economics. Watson services available through CognizeR include Watson Language Translation, Personality Insights, Tone Analyzer, Speech to Text, Text to Speech and Visual Recognition. As data scientists begin to build with Watson, IBM will collect their feedback to help inform additional cognitive services that will be made available.

CognizeR is available for download at Columbus Collaboratory’s GitHub repository (http://www.github.com/ColumbusCollaboratory/cognizeR).

“Our goal was to connect data scientists everywhere with cognitive computing in a software environment they already know and love: R,” said Ty Henkaline, chief analytics innovator, Columbus Collaboratory. “CognizeR now shortens the journey toward building real cognitive solutions by providing quick and easy access to Watson services. Releasing this code to the open-source community advances our mission of delivering accelerated business value to our member companies and beyond.”

“By teaming up with Columbus Collaboratory, we are continuing our commitment to helping more people build and innovate with IBM’s cognitive offerings,” said Shivakumar Vaithyanathan, IBM Fellow and Director, Watson Content Services. “CognizeR enables data scientists to seamlessly tap into Watson’s services, offering them an efficient and simple path to create cognitive solutions within their own, native development environment. As we collect feedback, we'll be able to continually improve the experience by adding the cognitive services that data scientists want and need the most.”

“The release of CognizeR – and our business model as a whole – demonstrates the tremendous benefits that can be achieved through cross-company collaboration and innovation,” said Matt Wald, president and chief executive officer, Columbus Collaboratory. “The unique partnership with our diverse set of member companies has enabled us to quickly discover the tremendous value cognitive computing can generate across industries. We are eager to get these services in the hands of the broader data science community.”

About Columbus Collaboratory
The Columbus Collaboratory is a rapid innovation and insights company founded by seven leading companies which focuses on delivering business value through advanced analytics and cybersecurity solutions. By working collaboratively on complex challenges common to member companies, the Collaboratory develops solutions that enhance operational efficiencies and competitiveness for the member companies and have application in the broader market. Along the way, the Collaboratory is expanding and building skills for Columbus, Ohio’s IT workforce and securing the city’s future as a national leader in technology innovation. For more information, please visit http://www.columbuscollaboratory.com.

IBM Watson: Pioneering a New Era of Computing
Watson represents a new era in computing called cognitive computing, where systems understand the world the way humans do: through senses, learning, and experience. Watson continuously learns from previous interactions, gaining in value and knowledge over time. With the help of Watson, organizations are harnessing the power of cognitive computing to transform industries, help professionals do their jobs better, and solve important challenges.

To advance Watson, IBM has three dedicated business units: Watson, established for the development of cloud-delivered cognitive computing technologies that represent the commercialization of "artificial intelligence" or "AI" across a variety of industries; Watson Health, dedicated to improving the ability of doctors, researchers and insurers and other related health organizations to surface new insights from data to deliver personalized healthcare; and Watson IoT, focused on making sense of data embedded in more than 9 billion connected devices operating in the world today, which generate 2.5 quintillion bytes of new data daily.

For more information on IBM Watson, visit: ibm.com/watson and ibm.com/press/watson. Join the conversation at #ibmwatson.

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