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Artificial Intelligence with Power BI

By : Mary-Jo Diepeveen
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Artificial Intelligence with Power BI

By: Mary-Jo Diepeveen

Overview of this book

The artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities in Power BI enable organizations to quickly and easily gain more intelligent insights from unstructured and structured data. This book will teach you how to make use of the many AI features available today in Power BI to quickly and easily enrich your data and gain better insights into patterns that can be found in your data. You’ll begin by understanding the benefits of AI and how it can be used in Power BI. Next, you’ll focus on exploring and preparing your data for building AI projects and then progress to using prominent AI features already available in Power BI, such as forecasting, anomaly detection, and Q&A. Later chapters will show you how to apply text analytics and computer vision within Power BI reports. This will help you create your own Q&A functionality in Power BI, which allows you to ask FAQs from another knowledge base and then integrate it with PowerApps. Toward the concluding chapters, you’ll be able to create and deploy AutoML models trained in Azure ML and consume them in Power Query Editor. After your models have been trained, you’ll work through principles such as privacy, fairness, and transparency to use AI responsibly. By the end of this book, you’ll have learned when and how to enrich your data with AI using the out-of-the-box AI capabilities in Power BI.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Part 1: AI Fundamentals
Part 2: Out-of-the-Box AI Features
Part 3: Create Your Own Models

Deploying a model for batch or real-time predictions

You can train a model anywhere, so why bother using Azure ML? Mostly because it gives us a very easy way to deploy the model to integrate it with Power BI. Before we get into how to deploy the model with Azure ML, let's go over some theory behind why we would want to deploy a model at all.

Training a model can cost a lot of compute power. The reason why AI has had a resurgence is due to the easy availability of cloud compute, among other reasons. Instead of needing a computer with enough processing power, we can now simply use whatever compute is necessary from any cloud provider to train the model, and not use it when we're done training the model.

By having more compute at our disposal, we can train models with complicated algorithms, but also use more data, which generally improves a model's accuracy.

However, training a model and using that trained model to generate new predictions, doesn't require...