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Improbable Inspiration

The future of software may lie in the obscure theories of an 18th century cleric named Thomas Bayes.

By LESLIE HELM, Times Staff Writer

When Microsoft Senior Vice President Steve Ballmer first heard his company was planning to make a huge investment in an Internet service offering movie reviews and local entertainment information in major cities across the nation, he went to Chairman Bill Gates with his concerns.

After all, Ballmer has billions of dollars of his own money in Microsoft stock, and entertainment isn’t exactly the company’s strong point.

But Gates dismissed such reservations. Microsoft’s competitive advantage, he responded, was its expertise in “Bayesian networks.”

Asked recently when computers would finally begin to understand human speech, Gates began discussing the critical role of “Bayesian” systems.

Ask any other software executive about anything “Bayesian” and you’re liable to get a blank stare.

Is Gates onto something? Is this alien-sounding technology Microsoft’s new secret weapon?

Quite possibly.

Bayesian networks are complex diagrams that organize the body of knowledge in any given area by mapping out cause-and-effect relationships among key variables and encoding them with numbers that represent the extent to which one variable is likely to affect another.

Source: Leslie Helm

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