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IBM's Watson supercomputer learns about cancer | MassDevice.com On Call

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 8:29am
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IBM's Jeopardy-winning Watson supercomputer has begun working with oncologists at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to "learn" all about cancer research, with hopes of working on real patients by year's end.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — IBM's Watson supercomputer, which trounced a pair of human competitors on Jeopardy more than year ago, has begun treating patients at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

A result of a partnership announced earlier this year, Watson is "in the trenches" with oncologists to analyze cancer research and literature to provide diagnostic and treatment solutions.

Watson "reads" through millions of pages of medical journals and other clinical research, using its "natural language processing" algorithms to find information relevant to a physician query, InformationWeek reported.

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