It occurred to me halfway through this weeks machine learning lectures that I could actually use the stuff were learning for something other than the homework assignments. This is known as your training setthe information youll feed to your algorithm so that it can slowly adjust its many partsthat is, learn the quirks of the housing market. Advertisement In the case of Robottke, we already had a very thorough training set of real blog posts by Kottke going back five years, with information like how often he would link to a given site, what keywords he likes to assign to his posts, and which bloggers and Twitter users he frequently turned to for ideas. (Essentially, we were doing the same thing a machine-learning algorithm does, just very badly.
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