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AI Lexicon — S

Published May 17, 2024last updated May 17, 2024

Do you know your AI from your ML? Or your facial recognition from your Ethical AI? Our AI Lexicon offers easy-to-understand definitions and examples of AI in everyday life. It really is what you need to know.

DW Science | AI Lexicon by Zulfikar Abbany
Whether machines are or will ever be truly sentient, as humans are, depends on your interpretation of sentienceImage: Ayse Tasci-Steinebach/DW

Supervised learning

Supervised learning is a method to train an artificial intelligence or machine learning system using labelled data, such as images of various cats all labelled as cats. The method is used to classify and predict data outcomes. In a real-world scenario, this supervised learning technology is used to classify emails as either genuine correspondence or spam. Its counterpart is unsupervised learning. (za/fs)


Coming soon:

Sentiment analysis
Speech synthesis


What is supervised learning? (IBM) https://www.ibm.com/topics/supervised-learning (accessed September 18, 2023)

Supervised learning (Springer Link) https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-1-4419-1428-6_451 (accessed September 18, 2023)

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Written and edited by: Zulfikar Abbany (za), Fred Schwaller (fs)

DW Zulfikar Abbany
Zulfikar Abbany Senior editor fascinated by space, AI and the mind, and how science touches people
DW journalist Fred Schwaller wears a white T-shirt and jeans.
Fred Schwaller Science writer fascinated by the brain and the mind, and how science influences society@schwallerfred