New This Month in Data Analytics: Simple, Sophisticated, and SecureNew This Month in Data Analytics: Simple, Sophisticated, and SecureSr. Director, Product Management

Simple, Safe, and Smart

Beyond building a simpler, more sophisticated and more secure data platform for customers, our team has been focused on providing solutions powered by built-in intelligence. One of our core beliefs is that for machine learning to be adopted and useful at scale, it must be easy to use and deploy.  

BigQuery ML, our embedded machine learning capabilities, have been adopted by 80% of our top customers around the globe and it has become a cornerstone of their data to value journey.  

As part of our efforts, we announced the general availability of AutoML tables in BigQuery ML.  This no-code solution lets customers automatically build and deploy state-of-the-art machine learning models on structured data. With easy integration with Vertex AI, AutoML in BQML makes it simple to achieve machine learning magic in the background. From preprocessing data to feature engineering and model tuning all the way to cross validation, AutoML will “automagically” select and ensemble models so everyone—even non-data scientists—can use it.   

Want to take this feature for a test drive? Try it today on BigQuery’s NYC Taxi public dataset following the instructions in this blog! 

Speaking of public datasets, we also introduced the availability of Google Trends data in BigQuery to enable customers to measure interest in a topic or search term across Google Search.  This new dataset will soon be available in Analytics Hub and will be anonymized, indexed, normalized, and aggregated prior to publication. 

Want to ensure your end-cap displays are relevant to your local audience?  You can take signals from what people are looking for in your market area to inform what items to place. Want to understand what new features could be incorporated into an existing product based on what people are searching for?  Terms that appear in these datasets could be an indicator of what you should be paying attention to.

All this data and technology can be put to use to deploy critical solutions to grow and protect your business. For example,  it can be difficult to know how to define anomalies during detection. If you have labeled data with known anomalies, then you can choose from a variety of supervised machine learning model types that are already supported in BigQuery ML. 

But what if you don’t know what kind of anomaly to expect, and you don’t have labeled data? Unlike typical predictive techniques that leverage supervised learning, organizations may need to be able to detect anomalies in the absence of labeled data. 

That’s why, we were particularly excited to announce the public preview of new anomaly detection capabilities in BigQuery ML that leverage unsupervised machine learning to help you detect anomalies without needing labeled data.  

Our team has been working with a large number of enterprises who leverage machine learning for better anomaly detection. In financial services for example, customers have used our technology to detect machine-learned anomalies in real-time foreign exchange data.  

To make it easier for you to take advantage of their best practices, we teamed up with Kasna to develop sample code, architecture guidance, and a data synthesizer that generates data so you can test these innovations right away.