Introduction to AzureCognitive

Hong Ooi

AzureCognitive is a package for working with Azure Cognitive Services. Both a Resource Manager interface and a client interface to the Cognitive Services REST API are provided. The aim is to provide a foundation that can be built on by other packages that will support specific services (Computer Vision, LUIS, etc).

Resource Manager interface

AzureCognitive extends the class framework provided by AzureRMR to support Cognitive Services. You can create, retrieve, update, and delete cognitive service resources by calling the corresponding methods for a resource group.

az <- AzureRMR::get_azure_login()
sub <- az$get_subscription("sub_id")
rg <- sub$get_resource_group("rgname")

# create a new Computer Vision service
    service_type="ComputerVision", service_tier="S1")

# retrieve it
cogsvc <- rg$get_cognitive_service("myvisionservice")

# list subscription keys

Client interface

AzureCognitive implements basic functionality for communicating with the Cognitive Services REST API. The main functions are cognitive_endpoint, which creates an object representing the endpoint, and call_cognitive_endpoint to perform the REST calls.

# getting the endpoint from the resource object
endp <- cogsvc$get_endpoint()

# or standalone (must provide subscription key or other means of authentication)
endp <- cognitive_endpoint("",
    service_type="ComputerVision", key="key")

# analyze an image
img_link <- ""

The latter call produces output like that below (truncated for brevity).

[1] "people_"

[1] 0.953125

[1] "Bill Gates"

[1] 0.9999552