The purpose behind what SwiftKey released today is to improve predictions and word completions to such an extent that you’ll need to type minimum characters. SwiftKey Neural is the company’s latest keyboard software that is still in its alpha stage, but promises to bring pretty amazing improvements.
What is SwiftKey Neural?
Normally, predictions are provided using the 'n-gram' methodology that works fantastic with phrases. Because people tend to use certain phrases often, the n-gram technique can learn and predict the word following the last three words. However, it is not perfect. N-gram is limited to phrases.
Human conversations happen in a completely different manner - they involve choosing words singularly from a bunch of similar words that from neural webs. These words are then knit together individually (and not as a phrase) to produce meaning. SwiftKey Neural uses this idea to predict words more correctly in the context. As I mentioned above, it uses artificial intelligence combined with neural networks to simulate the context. Here is an amazing infographic by SwiftKey that shows how it works: