Making Use of Unstructured Data with Form Recognizer

Every business has their “junk” drawer (or the “share” as Bill/Karen likes to call it). Often hidden in this data wasteland are nuggets of informational gold that could revolutionize the way you do business (we hope). Turns out that the most important information is usually hidden in paper forms (by paper I mean digital paper like an image or pdf file). Microsoft recently released a new service (still in preview) called Form Recognizer designed to make short work of the structured data hidden in these gems. I shall endeavor to take you through the simple process here!
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3 Tips for Debugging Cloud Scale Machine Learning Workloads

Let’s say you built an amazingly wonderful hand-crafted artisanal convolutional neural network that works beautifully on your hard-drive based dataset. You are now ready to take this masterpiece to the cloud to work on a much larger dataset on beefier machines - you are not looking forward to it.

  • “How do I ship this patchwork conda (or venv) where I’ve installed everything the training/inference code needed AS WELL AS everything else I thought I needed along the way?”
  • “I don’t want to waste cloud compute money on things I’m not sure will work on the first try!!”
  • Basically, “I have already done the work and I’m not interested in the yak shaving portion of the job!”

No need to fear, dear reader, this article is designed to help you move your glorious work to the cloud (and beyond) by leveraging your local environment as if it were the cloud itself.

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