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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

Understanding Azure's Cognitive Services

Throughout this book, we've been exploring how to use AI and integrate it with Power BI. The trade-off between building your own models from scratch and using prebuilt models is often mentioned. In later chapters, we'll find different ways to get more control over the data used to train the model and the way the model is trained. In this chapter, we'll introduce another approach to use out-of-the-box AI features: with Azure Cognitive Services.

Azure Cognitive Services is a suite of services where the main intention is to reduce the time and expertise needed to apply AI within your organization. Most of the prebuilt models listed under Cognitive Services are AI solutions to problems many organizations face.

For example, you may want to make your documents more accessible to people who are visually impaired and use programs that read the text out loud to them. If you include any images in your documents, the program...