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Predictive Texting: How Your Phone’s Keyboard Figures Out What You Might Type Next

When predictive texting works it works really well. But when it doesn’t, like the ‘I’ that’s been glitchy on Apple’s new iOS, it can become quite inconvenient. So how are the keyboard’s predictions of what we might type next usually right? Advanced machine learning and language probability lie at the heart of predictive text algorithms which are constantly trying to learn the words you tend to use most often.

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