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From Sebastian Schelter <>
Subject Re: Website, urgent help needed
Date Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:07:38 GMT
Hi Kevin,

Thank you for offer to help! Feel free to ask questions here how to 
setup the sources in Eclipse. If you succeed, you could writeup what you 
did and we could add this to the website, as I'm sure a lot of others 
will have the same problem.

It would be great if you could start improving the javadoc, its totally 
fine if your english is not perfect, we can always ask a native speaker 
to read over it. If you start working on the javadoc, please create a 
jira issue for that work before you start.


On 03/12/2014 09:30 AM, Kevin Moulart wrote:
> I can confirm what Sebastian said, I'm fairly new on this and I did find
> myself so desperate at some point that I almost gave up on Mahout dut to
> lack of documentation, but my feeling is that it doesn't only concerns the
> website : the API is too few documented as well. At this point there are no
> simple way for a beginner to know what kind of format any one of the
> algorithms expects and what it outputs exactly, how to chain processes
> etc... They might go as far as reading the javadoc (although not everyone
> does that) but they won't all, as I had to and did, download the sources
> and try making sense of them to get the information.
> Hopefully the mailing list is particularly active and one can find the
> answer if he has time and will to search them and ask kindly, which is a
> very strong strength of Mahout, but the average beginner, wanting to just
> try the library can't and won't do that.
> I'm willing to document the parts of the code I used and began to
> understand, however I've been facing difficulties to set up the maven
> project in eclipse for now. Also since I'm a Belgian, English is not my
> mother tongue so I'm almost certain to make mistakes, but I think it would
> take less time to you to correct these few English mistakes than to write
> the documentation :)
> I'll go ahead and try to set thing up with Eclipse and if I don't succeed
> I'll write a mail on the dev list for help in that matter.
> I also can, if I find the time, continue my efforts of reporting bugs and
> not working or accurate links and descriptions on the website, if need be
> and update my JIRA entry accordingly.
> Kévin Moulart
> 2014-03-12 8:48 GMT+01:00 Pavan Kumar N <>:
>> i ll help with clustering algorithms documentation. do send me old
>> documentation and i will check and remove errors.  or better let me know
>> how to proceed.
>> Pavan
>> On Mar 12, 2014 12:35 PM, "Sebastian Schelter" <> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> As you've probably noticed, I've put in a lot of effort over the last
>> days
>>> to kickstart cleaning up our website. I've thrown out a lot of stuff and
>>> have been startled by the amout of outdated and incorrect information on
>>> our website, as well as links pointing to nowhere.
>>> I think our lack of documentation makes it superhard to use Mahout for
>> new
>>> people. A crucial next step is to clean up the documentation on
>>> classification and clustering. I cannot do this alone, because I don't
>> have
>>> the time and I'm not so familiar with the background of the algorithms.
>>> I need volunteers to go through all the pages under "Classification" and
>>> "Clustering" on the website. For the algorithms, the content and claims
>> of
>>> the articles need to be checked, for the examples we need to make sure
>> that
>>> everything still works as described. It would also be great to move
>>> articles from personal blogs to our website.
>>> Imagine that some developer wants to try out Mahout and takes one hour
>> for
>>> that in the evening. She will go to our website, download Mahout, read
>> the
>>> description of an algorithm and try to run an example. In the current
>> state
>>> of the documentation, I'm afraid that most people will walk away
>>> frustrated, because the website does not help them as it should.
>>> Best,
>>> Sebastian
>>> PS: I will make my standpoint on whether Mahout should do a 1.0 release
>>> depend on whether we manage to clean up and maintain our documentation.

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