May 27, 2022

Report: New AI Tool Able to Better Identify Bad Data

From the University of Waterloo:

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From the University of Waterloo: Researchers have developed a novel tool for managing the quality of your data.  The revolutionary tool, HoloClean is the first to use artificial intelligence (AI) to sift out dirty data and correct errors before processing it. “More and more machines are making decisions for us, so all our lives are touched by dirty data daily,” said Ihab Ilyas, a professor in Waterloo’s David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science. “If organizations like banks or utility companies are working with bad data, it could negatively impact things such as credit scores or mortgage approvals.”

The HoloClean system, developed by Ilyas and colleagues from the University of Wisconsin and Stanford University, successfully tackles the problem of insufficient training data by automatically generating bad examples without messing with the information, but enough to train the system to find errors and correct them on its own.


The paper detailing the error detection module titled “HoloDetect: Few-shot Learning for Error Detection”, which is slated to appear in Proceedings of the 2019 ACM SIGMOD conference is authored by Ilyas, Waterloo’s PhD candidate in Computer Science, Alireza Heidari, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Theodoros Rekatsinas, and academic researcher at the University of Wisconsin, Joshua McGrath.

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