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SwiftKey App Gets Neural Network Boost

SwiftKey App Gets Neural Network Boost

"It [the neural network] gives the ability for SwiftKey to predict and suggest words in a way that's more meaningful and more like how language is actually used by people", said SwiftKey chief marketing officer Joe Braidwood in an interview with VentureBeat past year.

"With this update SwiftKey is now able to meaningfully capture the relationship and similarity between words", the company said in a blog post yesterday. "Further, it understands that 'Let's meet at the airport" has a similar sentence structure to 'Let's chat at the office.' This intelligence allows SwiftKey to offer you the most appropriate prediction or autocorrection based on the sentence being typed". The better our phones compensate for the shortcomings of their tiny keyboards, either through text prediction or better guesses at what we're dictating to them, the more we'll use them and the less frustrated we'll be.

SwiftKey on Android is one of the most popular third-party keyboard apps available on the platform.

In order to get the neural networks support, Android users can directly update the app from Google Play.

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As with all neural networks today, Microsoft trained Swiftkey with "millions of sentences". The company will initially roll out the neural networks support to models that are applicable for the UK English and US English languages. The app also now considers similar words to the ones you've typed to improve suggestions as well.

SwiftKey first rolled this feature out last October in an alpha form, so you may have missed it if you didn't want to roll the dice with your keyboard stability. In the above example, Swiftkey will now predict "hotel", "restaurant", "airport", etc.

"We've rebuilt SwiftKey's language engine from the ground up using the power of neural network technology-the first instance of neural networks being used locally on a smartphone".

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