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Microsoft Bot Framework Basics: Building Intelligent Bots - Adding Language Understanding Capability (Part 2)

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The following article demonstrates how to use LUIS to add conversational intelligence to your apps. The focus will be about creating and consuming Language Understanding Models. We'll add Language Understanding capabilities to the news bot from the previous article. After this article, the bot will be able to interpret English language and map sentences to specific functions in the code.

Introduction Microsoft’s Language Understanding Intelligent Service (LUIS) offers a fast and effective way of adding language understanding to applications. With LUIS, you can use pre-existing, world-class, pre-built models from Bing and Cortana whenever they suit your purposes – and when you need specialized models, LUIS guides you through the process of quickly building them. Before proceeding, it is important that you understand the basic concepts of LUIS.
a. Intents: Consider intent as an intention or action. What action should a sentence trigger? Search for a news? Look for help? Procee…

C# Corner Conference 2017 - Building Intelligent Bots

The C# Corner Annual Conference 2017 was a three-day annual event for software professionals and developers held in New Delhi, India. First day was exclusive for C# Corner MVPs only. The second day was open to the public, and includes presentations from many top names in the industry. The third day events are, again, exclusively for C# Corner MVPs.

The conference was awesome with about 600+ attendees in total. There were 3 tracks running in parallel each having a accommodating 200+ attendees.




Cloud, IoT, & Future of Tech Conference - Getting Started with Machine Learning

In April 2017 I was invited to speak at the C# Corner Conference in Delhi, India. As part of this trip, the organizers also invited me to speak at the Cloud, IoT, & Future of Tech Conference at the GLA University in Mathura, India.
Mathura is a city in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and is about 5 hours drive from Delhi where I was staying. So, we had to wake up at 5 am and leave the hotel at 6 am to have a chance to speak at the conference at about 11. Yes - that's a long drive, but worth it! We could admire the nature and culture of the country while travelling from a city to a more rural area. We also had a great chat with our friend from the C# Corner team Ravi who explained us a lot about India and the culture. That was just some story about the trip:)


Well, we reached the university at about 11:30 and as we stepped in, we were all surprised by the big banner having all the speaker's names. Our surprise does not end here! As we entered the conference room, th…

Developers Conference 2017 - Improving Machine Learning Models

The third edition of the developers conference of Mauritius was held between the 30th of March and 1st of April 2017. The conference ran on 3 days with 3 tracks in parallel and had about 330+ attendees and 50+ speakers.
My third session at the DevCon was about the techniques that can be used to improve the performance of machine learning models. The session was just after the introduction to Data Science that was presented by Arwin and myself.


I started with a summary of the data science process and presented the data set that shall be used in the demo. Next, I explained the steps of data cleansing and made a live demo of same. The attendees were quite surprised that the model got an increase in accuracy of 10% just by doing the cleansing properly. I then proceeded with more advanced techniques such as Feature Selection, Feature Scaling, Parameter Tuning and Cross Validation.

Developers Conference 2017 - Introduction to Data Science

The third edition of the developers conference of Mauritius was held between the 30th of March and 1st of April 2017. The conference ran on 3 days with 3 tracks in parallel and had about 330+ attendees and 50+ speakers.
Data Science is definitely one of my favorite topics these days. I'ts amazing how data can be crafted and transformed to help us make better decisions by using predictive analytics. This year, I really wanted to deliver a level 300/400 session about Machine Learning. But, to do so, I needed to make a good introduction to the subject first. Therefore, with the help of Arwin, my friend from the MSP community, we worked together for 2 weeks to prepare a session about the introduction to Data Science.

Developers Conference 2017 - Microsoft MVP AMA

The third edition of the developers conference of Mauritius was held between the 30th of March and 1st of April 2017. The conference ran on 3 days with 3 tracks in parallel and had about 330+ attendees and 50+ speakers. During the past year, I received several queries via social media about the Microsoft MVP Program like how to become one and the benefits of being a Microsoft MVP. This is why I decided to have a session about it to introduce the program and give the audience the opportunity to ask all the questions that they have. To help me, Joki (MVP) and Arnaud (Microsoft) was also present to share their feedback about the MVP Program. 

Microsoft Bot Framework Basics: Building Intelligent Bots (Part 1)

Scope The following article introduces the concept of bots, demonstrates the basics of the Microsoft Bot framework and showcase how to build your first bot using the Bot Framework and C#.

Introduction Conversational Applications or bots is a hot topic right now, is it really useful or it's just a hype? To answer this question, let's look at scenarios where a bots are useful. Messaging Applications.
According to Business Insider, text Messaging is the most used smartphone feature and for the first time in history, people are using more messaging apps than social networks.


What if you could interact with your application via this interface? It is possible via bots! Moreover, bots can adapt and work on most devices and platforms like desktop, mobile, or social media like Facebook, WhatsApp or Skype. This will give your app a totally new selling point by interacting with your user using his favorite communication method and using his favorite platform!
Automating Repetitive Tasks
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