Google uses machine learning to make its spreadsheets smarter

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Google announced on Monday that its Sheets spreadsheet application in Google Drive can now fill in missing table values using machine learning. The new Chrome Store add-in, called Smart Autofill, utilizes Google’s Prediction API, and is theoretically very useful. It could allow laypersons to build small-scale machine learning models that could be used to make predictions about pretty much anything. Recently, a natural-language processing startup called Aylien released an add-in that lets users run some complex text analysis using Google Sheets. Microsoft has also used machine learning to smarten up Excel through a feature called Flash Fill.

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