New R extension gives data scientists quick access to IBM’s Watson

Data scientists have a lot of tools at their disposal, but not all of them are equally accessible. Aiming to put IBM’s Watson AI within closer reach, analytics firm Columbus Collaboratory on Thursday released a new open-source R extension called CognizeR.

R is an open-source language that’s widely used by data scientists for statistical and analytics applications. Previously, data scientists would have had to exit R to tap Watson’s capabilities, coding the calls to Watson’s APIs in another language, such as Java or Python.

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