According to reports Apple has purchased a company that will help with its development of Siri - Apple’s voice control operated virtual assistant.

Apple took over machine learning company Inductiv in April 2020, according to a Bloomberg report.

Apple confirmed the takeover of Iductiv with its standard statement: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans".

Inductiv has developed a technology that can detect and eliminate errors in large amounts of data. According to Bloomberg: "Having clean data is important for machine learning, a popular and powerful type of AI that helps software improve with less human invention."

One of the co-founders Ihab Ilyas is a University of Waterloo university professor with interests in the fields of Big Data, machine learning and data curation. He is also the co-founder of a similar startup called Tamr, which deals with data cleansing. The other co-founders are also machine learning experts: University of Wisconsin-Madison assistant professor Theodoros Rekatsinas and Stanford University associate professor Christopher Re.

Three Inductiv employees (Josh McGrath, Mina Farid, Ryan Clancy) have changed their LinkedIn profiles to state that they have been with Apple since April 2020.

This article originally appeared on Macwelt. Translation by Karen Haslam.