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From Robin Anil <>
Subject Re: Mahout book
Date Tue, 22 Sep 2009 17:54:28 GMT
+1 for cookbook style. Thats what i  meant when i said tuning
CBayes/Bayes(there are around 4-5 knobs which you can modify for fitting you
data perfectly

On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 11:15 PM, Tanton Gibbs <>wrote:

> I hope I'm one of the targeted audience members for the book.  I've
> used hadoop, done clustering (not with Mahout), have read about
> collaborative filtering, and plan on using Mahout in a business
> intelligence setting in 1-2 years.  However, I've never used Mahout
> itself.  What I would like to see is more of a cookbook style.  I want
> to know the whys, not just the hows.  Why should I normalize data in a
> certain way before clustering it, what happens if I don't, etc....
> I've read Collective Intelligence in Action and found it pretty much
> useless - I don't need another survey on the topic.  Instead, I want
> to know the ins and outs of mahout so that when I go to sell it to
> someone I can answer any and all of their questions around it.  If you
> want an introductory chapter on the topics, that is fine, but keep
> them short and point to other materials.
> Thanks!
> Tanton

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