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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


Even though many organizations are embracing Artificial Intelligence (AI), the field remains mystical for many. AI is a large field with various applications, which makes it difficult to completely comprehend if you are new to the field.

The focus of AI is often to find the best-performing model to predict new data. However, equally, if not more, important is understanding how to apply those models to ensure the predictions are properly consumed by the targeted users.

Power BI is a great tool for extracting the value out of AI models. Data analysts are already familiar with working with data and are the ideal candidates to integrate a model's predictions into a story to tell decision-makers.

With this book, I hope to demystify AI and make it more approachable for data analysts working with Power BI. The aim of this book is not to become a full-fledged AI expert or data scientist, but to understand what a data scientist deals with to create models. Based on the fundamental understanding of AI, you should be able to consciously decide whether AI will enrich your reports in Power BI.

Since I wrote this book to show how AI can be applied to create value, there is a large focus on walkthroughs that you can replicate. If you prefer to learn by doing, and are keen to explore how to apply AI, this book is for you.