Tableau Software buys natural language technology co ClearGraph

ClearGraph founders Ryan Atallah and Andrew VigneaultTableau Software has acquired natural language query technology company ClearGraph, a Palo Alto startup that enables smart data discovery and data analysis.

Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed by Tableau Software.

The strategy of Tableau Software is to integrate ClearGraph’s technology into Tableau’s products, making it easier for people to interact with their data by using natural language to ask questions and search for insights.

“Natural language queries will make it easier for more people to interact with Tableau, whether you’re an executive who needs an answer quickly, or on a mobile phone and want an answer from your data,” said Francois Ajenstat, chief product officer at Tableau.

ClearGraph, which makes it easy to analyze data using natural language, brings consumer-like experience to users by connecting disparate data sources and making them accessible and intelligible through simple conversational style search.

ClearGraph’s natural language query technology stores semantic data in knowledge graphs that can expand and learn over time. Accessing and analyzing data using ClearGraph requires no technical training, as the system can infer users’ intent through natural language. For example, people could ask questions such as,

Andrew Vigneault is the CEO of ClearGraph. Andrew Vigneault and Ryan Atallah (in the image) founced ClearGraph in 2014. The team recruited Stanford PhD graduate Alex Djalali, who specializes in computational linguistics, to develop the product along with several other engineers.