Machine Learning Accuracy: Learn the Metric to Assess ML Models [’20]

Demonstrates the 4 possible categories of results of a model: True positive, false positive, true negative, false negative

There are various theoretical approaches to measuring accuracy* of competing machine learning models however, in most commercial applications, you simply need to assign a business value to 4 types of results: true positives, true negatives, false positives and false negatives. By multiplying number of results in each bucket with the associated business values, you will ensure that you use the best model available.

Further complicating this situation is the confidence vales provided by the model. Almost all machine learning models can be built to provide a level of confidence for their answer. A high level approach to using this value in accuracy* measurement is to multiply it with the results, essentially rewarding the model for providing high confidence values for its correct assessments. Read more


Top RPA platforms for Python developers in 2020: AIMultiple Guide

It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration.

Edsger W. Dijkstra

In Dikstra’s days, computing was an emerging niche, like the RPA of today. From the perspective of computer scientists, BASIC or its latest incarnation, Visual Basic are mutilating young minds in both cases. However, there are emerging RPA platforms emerging on Python so Python developers no longer need to use .Net to develop RPA solutions to benefit from this fast growing market. Read more


RPA Workflows & Reusable Bots: Faster RPA Implementation in 2020

Reusable RPA plugins can be added to your RPA bot to take care of specific tasks like checking and sending emails, manipulating spreadsheets, translating text etc. Therefore, they reduce development efforts, error rates and implementation time.

Reusable RPA plugins have numerous names. This is because RPA marketplaces that sell these tools have only been recently launched and industry has not yet converged on a common terminology. Different names for reusable RPA plugins include app, bot, solution, component, dashboard, workflow, skill, connector, asset, snippet, component, activity or plugin. Read more


RPA Architecture: In-depth Guide to How RPA Works [2020]

Though everyone seems to be talking about RPA, there are very few sources on how RPA works, the software architecture and technology behind it. Different RPA platforms’ product choices will impact how your organization will build upon the RPA platform it chooses.

Important aspects of RPA architecture include 3 points:

1- Programming language/framework

Programming language of the RPA tool allows developers to build custom modules for it. Customizations to RPA are interesting because

  • They are necessary for complex processes
  • RPA marketplaces allow developers and companies to monetize their custom-built RPA solutions

Any customizations to RPA tools would need to be made available in the programming language of the RPA tool. Though developers can always use a language of their choice, build an API and write a wrapper for that API in the programming language of the RPA tool, this is a rather time consuming way to create custom code for RPA bots. Read more


Technical Buyer’s 11 Point RPA Checklist: In-Depth Guide [2020]

RPA is an emerging technology that the C-suite is excited about. Technical buyers would be wise to get involved in the procurement and implementation process to ensure sustainable RPA deployments that comply to company’s technical specifications.

RPA is most of the time a business-unit (BU) led purchase. Either, generalists from the BU develop RPA bots or they get support from consultants for bot development or the company’s RPA Center of Excellence (CoE) leads the bot development. In all cases, the BU is in charge of the investment and execution, therefore typical tech procurement criteria such as Return on Investment (ROI) or ease of use should be assessed by the BU that is leading the investment. Read more