Has Ayasdi turned machine learning into a magic bullet?


A couple months ago, I had a chance to see — and I mean really see — what might become a common first step in answering questions and curing diseases that have been plaguing us for centuries. It was a demonstration by the founders of Ayasdi, a Palo Alto, Calif., startup that has developed software for visually mapping the hidden connections in massive datasets. The company launched publicly on Wednesday and brought with it $10.25 million in Series A funding from Khosla Ventures and Floodgate.

At its core, Ayasdi’s product, a cloud-based service called the Insight Discovery Platform, is a mix of distributed computing, machine learning and user experience technologies. It processes data, discovers the correlations between data points, and then displays the results in a stunning visualization that’s essentially a map of the dataset and the connections between every point within it. In fact, Ayasdi is based on…

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