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Self-service analytics platform Tableau Software
has launched a new function as part of its latest release which uses natural
language processing (NLP) to enable users to ask data questions in order to
receive a visual response.

The patent-pending capability will give
users of any skillset the ability to engage with data to produce analytical
insights that can be shared with others without the requirement for any setup
or programming.

Ask Data,
which will be made available for no addition cost as
part of
Tableau 2019.1,
allows users to type questions such as “what were my sales this
month?” to which they will receive an interactive data visualization that
can be explored and refined for further details.

Tableau chief product officer Francois
Ajenstat said: “With Ask Data, we’re helping make analytics ubiquitous by
enabling anyone, regardless of expertise, to analyze data.”

According to Tableau, the algorithms behind
the function are driven by an understanding of the person’s intent, rather than
keywords, helping Tableau to return more relevant results.

“Our unique, conversational approach to
natural language allows people to ask questions how they naturally think,”
Ajenstat added. “Ask Data provides a more intuitive and natural way to
interact with data, lowering the barrier to entry for analytics and allowing
people to ask questions in plain language and get highly relevant insights
faster.”

(Excerpt) Read more Here | 2019-02-13 11:31:13

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