Anyone who has watched Jeopardy! for a moment has probably seen the ads for IBM’s Watson. It’s a program which uses “deep analytics” in order to determine the answers, or rather questions, to clues on the game show. It basically (insofar as anything about it is “basic”) uses a massive library of knowledge in order to search out key terms and then utilizes statistics in determining the answer. It’s pretty impressive; I know I’ll be watching it compete against Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter on February 14, 15, and 16.