AI and Tomato Sauce!

A bit like spaghetti and tomato sauce we cannot have artificial intelligence without algorithms! But, even though we might hear these phrases often you are definitely not alone if you find yourself wondering exactly what people mean when they refer to them.

So what are algorithms and how on earth can they be trained to determine reading attainment?

Quite simply, an algorithm is just a sequence of instructions, almost like a recipe. They describe what should be inputted: olive oil, onions, garlic, and crushed tomatoes…and what steps to take: chop 2 onions, crush 1 garlic clove, fry the onion in 1 tablespoon olive oil, pour in a can of tomatoes and so on. The result is in this case – tomato sauce.

A more mathematical example of an algorithm that we all once learned is division. It consists of a number of steps that you have to go through to get to a result. The algorithms used in machine learning and artificial intelligence are similar, the input and the instructions are just much more complex!

In the classroom our algorithms are able to offer teachers an invaluable insight into literacy, helping to identify pupils with specific difficulties in a matter of minutes as well as reduce their workloads.

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