Artificial Intuition Takes Pattern Recognition to a New Level

informationweek.com | February 28, 2020

Today's organizations use machine learning to identify patterns and outliers that represent potential threats and vulnerabilities. A classic challenge for cybersecurity vendors is that a high percentage of false positives can cause "alert fatigue." Alert fatigue is dangerous because it causes humans to ignore a threat they're trying to prevent. The other problem is false negatives that fail to detect the unwanted behavior.Despite all the cybersecurity investments companies make, they’re often one step behind cybercriminals because some patterns are too subtle to detect.Sometimes a step change is necessary to make a significant impact. That's what Ronald Coifman, Phillips professor of mathematics at Yale University, and Amir Averbuch, professor of computer science at Tel Aviv University, have been attempting to do for the past decade. They developed a set of "artificial intuition" algorithms that identify faint signals in big data that other approaches miss.

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Tableau Cloud | May 17, 2022

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Clarity AI | June 01, 2022

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Tech Mahindra and Subex Partner to Drive Scale Adoption of Blockchain-based Solutions for Telecom Operators Globally

subex | November 05, 2020

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Alteryx Ventures Announces Strategic Investment in Vertis

Alteryx | March 28, 2022

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