Saturday, July 03, 2010


The ML blogs I follow are all atwitter about MetaOptimize (optimizing the process of optimizing the process of...).

Joseph Turian has a nice blog about all sorts of issues -- jobs, programming, open source community -- but certainly the most exciting part of the site is the QA section.

There's already an active community up and running over there, and the publicity its getting today will only help that.  So check it out, ask a question, answer a question even. It's got the potential to be a very valuable forum for machine learning, and nlp questions.  Only time will tell.

UCSD Data Mining Contest

UCSD is hosting a classification challenge!  UCSD Data Mining Contest.

There are cash prizes for undergraduate and graduate students (including post-docs), and it's open until Labor Day.

You get a bunch of data about customers and non-customers for training, then you classify a new person as True (a customer) or False (not a customer).

They can call it Data Mining, or CRM or anything else, it's all classification to me.

I forwarded this on to my ML students from last semester, and hopefully one or two of them will take a run at it.