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Subject [CONF] Apache Mahout > FAQ
Date Tue, 05 Mar 2013 23:09:00 GMT
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Edited by Ralph Willgoss:
The Official Mahout FAQ


# [What is Apache Mahout?|#whatIs]
# [What does the name mean?|#mean]
# [Where can I find the origins of the Mahout project? |#historical]
# [Where can I download Mahout logo? |#logo]
# [Where can I download Mahout slide presentations? |#presentations]

# [What algorithms are implemented in Mahout?|#algos]
# [What algorithms are missing from Mahout?|#todo]

h1. *Answers*

h2. General

h3. {anchor:whatIs}What is Apache Mahout?

Apache Mahout is a suite of machine learning libraries designed to be scalable and robust

h3. {anchor:mean}What does the name mean?

The name [Mahout|] was original chosen for it's association
with the [Apache Hadoop|] project.  A Mahout is a person who drives
an elephant (hint: Hadoop's logo is an elephant.)  We just wanted a name that complemented
Hadoop but we see our project as a good driver of Hadoop in the sense that we will be using
and testing it.  We are not, however, implying that we are controlling Hadoop's development.

h3. {anchor:historical}Where can I find the origins of the Mahout project?

See [] for old wiki and mailing list archives (all read-only)

h3. {anchor:logo}Where can I download Mahout logo?

See [MAHOUT-335|]

h3. {anchor:presentations} Where can I download Mahout slide presentations?

* [Books, Tutorials and Talks |]
Wiki page containing an overview of all presentations with links to slides where available.

h2. Algorithms

h3. {anchor:algos} What algorithms are implemented in Mahout?

We are interested in a wide variety of machine learning algorithms. Many of which are already
implemented in Mahout. You can find them [here |].

h3. {anchor:todo} What algorithms are missing from Mahout?

There are many machine learning algorithms that we would like to have in Mahout, including
some from the paper [].
If you have an algorithm or an improvement to an algorithm that you would like to implement,
by all means submit a patch.

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