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Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU) today announced a new Smart Words Prediction feature on its Facemoji Keyboard app, which has been found to increase prediction accuracy for frequently used phrases from 53.2% to 91.6% in a test scenario.

The Smart Words Prediction feature uses a cloud-based 5-gram language model that references up to four words that a user inputs to intelligently recommend words and phrases based on context. Given that users are more likely to input phrases as opposed to single words, Facemoji Keyboard utilizes machine learning methods for phrase mining to intelligently suggest the next part of a common phrase. For example, when a user types in “Nice to,” the Smart Words Prediction feature will suggest “see you” to complete the sentence. By leveraging cloud technology, Facemoji Keyboard can also suggest trending topics and phrases in real time based on what a user has typed.

In addition to Smart Words Prediction, Facemoji Keyboard also offers the following cutting-edge features to its users leveraging Baidu’s technology:

Smart Voice-to-text Transcription: This feature utilizes an advanced neural network algorithm for accurate, true-to-life punctuation when users send voice-to-text messages on Facemoji Keyboard. It currently supports English, Japanese, Hindi and Hinglish, a mix of Hindi and English. Baidu’s advanced neural network algorithm is capable of simulating the human brain and its learning patterns. Using Baidu’s streaming multi-layer truncated attention model (SMLTA) for speech recognition, Facemoji Keyboard is not only able to learn the correct samples, but can also learn error-prone samples in similar scenarios, further enhancing the discriminatory ability of the model.
Smart Emoji Prediction: This feature employs Baidu’s Retrieval Strategy algorithm, which was recently published on Cornell University’s arXiv.org research archive, as well as the language representation model BERT and Natural Language Understanding (NLU), to calculate the semantic meaning of whole sentences instead of single words. With this information, Facemoji Keyboard then determines which combination of emoji are the best choice for a given sentence.

“Facemoji’s technology makes hands-free texting super easy — with absolutely no chance of embarrassing typos or faux pas,” said Mr. Jiang Feng, director of Baidu’s Global Business Unit. “We now have unparalleled word and emoji prediction, and the most accurate voice-to-text in the industry.”

On January 13, 2020, Mizuho analyst James Lee recommends Facebook (FB) with a $240 price target as his top 2020 U.S. Internet pick, and Baidu (BIDU) with a $175 price target as his top 2020 China Internet pick. For U.S. Internet, the analyst believes regulatory concerns are overstated, and that the risk “is already baked into valuations of large-cap stocks.”

On January 10, 2020, Barclays analyst Gregory Zhao raised his price target for Baidu to $150 from $140 while keeping an Equal Weight rating on the shares. Zhao says that Baidu was an industry laggard in 2019, but investor interest has increased over the last week. Investors seem to be looking for a turnaround in China’s online advertising market in 2020 and expects Baidu core to gradually recover from the trough in Q3, adds the analyst. His primary concern with China’s online ads market is the ads inventory supply and pricing trend in 2020, which he notes is still controlled by TikTok.

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