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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

Creating a Q&A visual in Power BI

Now that we understand the language model behind Power BI's Q&A visual, let's add the visual to a report and explore how users interact with it.

Adding a Q&A visual

For this example, we will use the financial sample in Power BI:

  1. Open a new, blank Power BI report.
  2. Download the dataset by selecting Try a sample dataset. We'll use the financial sample dataset that includes a fictional company's sales data. The data includes the sales for different products, per month, for the years 2013-2014. For more information on this dataset, check out the following link:
  3. Select Load data.
  4. Select Financials and Load data.

Once the dataset is imported into Power BI, you should see a query in the Fields pane named financials.

From the Visualizations pane, select Q&A.

A Q&A visual is added to the report, similar...