In spite of the fact that there are virtually no controlled clinical trials examining the effects of obesity in people, we can make some inferences from animal research.—Patrick Johnson, Skeptical Inquirer, September/October 2005We cannot see a past event directly, but science is usually based on inference, not unvarnished observation (you don't see electrons, gravity, or black holes either).—Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life, 1989The writer of science fiction extends or projects or draws inferences from what is known and accepted.—Karl Kroeber, Romantic Fantasy and Science Fiction, 1988
Its existence is only known by inference.
The program uses records of past purchases to make inferences about what customers will buy in the future.
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Recent Examples on the WebThis query is your whisper, and this is where the inference process begins.—Moran Zavdi, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Google Cloud will now host the startup's open-source AI models and act as the preferred destination for Hugging Face training and inference workloads.—Sage Lazzaro, Fortune, 25 Jan. 2024 An exotic data scientist excels at inference and gestalt.—Sarah Davanzo, Rolling Stone, 12 Dec. 2023 Most edge chip designs today, like those found in smartphones, focus on the latter, known as inference.—Paresh Dave, WIRED, 3 Dec. 2023 Logical thinking — drawing inferences — is the essence of the game.—Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, 27 Jan. 2024 As usually happens when a defendant fails to testify at a civil trial (based on which omission, the jury is permitted to draw a negative inference — unlike in a criminal trial), Trump was found liable and directed to pay $5 million in damages.—Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, 15 Jan. 2024 What if any desktop PC could become an AI inference beast with a single upgrade?—IEEE Spectrum, 9 Jan. 2024 Many LLMs require huge amounts of computing power, not just to train, but also for inference.—Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 2 Jan. 2024 See More
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