Infer.NET

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Infer.NET
Original author(s)Microsoft Research
Developer(s)Microsoft,
.NET Foundation
Initial release2008; 13 years ago (2008)
Stable release
v0.3.1912.0403[1] / December 4, 2019; 18 months ago (2019-12-04)
Repositorygithub.com/dotnet/infer
Written inC#
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, macOS, Linux
Platform.NET Framework, .NET Core, Mono
TypeMachine learning software library
LicenseMIT License
Websitedotnet.github.io/infer/

Infer.NET is a free and open source .NET software library for machine learning.[2] It supports running Bayesian inference in graphical models and can also be used for probabilistic programming.

Overview[edit]

Infer.NET follows a model-based approach and is used to solve different kinds of machine learning problems including standard problems like classification, recommendation or clustering, customized solutions and domain-specific problems. The framework is used in various different domains such as bioinformatics, epidemiology, computer vision, and information retrieval.[3][4]

Development of the framework was started by a team at Microsoft’s research centre in Cambridge, UK in 2004. It was first released for academic use in 2008 and later open sourced in 2018.[4] In 2013, Microsoft was awarded the USPTO’s Patents for Humanity Award in Information Technology category for Infer.NET and the work in advanced machine learning techniques.[5][6]

Infer.NET is used internally at Microsoft as the machine learning engine in some of their products such as Office, Azure, and Xbox.[7]

The source code is licensed under MIT License and available on GitHub.[8] It is also available as NuGet package.[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "dotnet/infer". GitHub.
  2. ^ "Microsoft's popular machine learning framework Infer.NET goes open source".
  3. ^ Bandyopadhyay, Avimanyu. "Microsoft Open Sources Infer.NET AI Framework [For Humanity]".
  4. ^ a b Speed, Richard. "Microsoft open-sources Infer.NET AI code just in time for the weekend". www.theregister.com.
  5. ^ "2013 Award Recipients". www.uspto.gov.
  6. ^ "Microsoft Wins "Patents for Humanity" Award For Infer.NET From USPTO".
  7. ^ Krill, Paul (October 9, 2018). "Microsoft open-sources Infer.Net model-based machine learning". InfoWorld.
  8. ^ "dotnet/infer". November 3, 2020 – via GitHub.
  9. ^ "Infer.Net 2.4.0". www.nuget.org.

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