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Running Mahout in the Cloud using Apache Whirr

This blog shows you how to run Mahout in the cloud, using Apache Whirr. Apache Whirr is a promosing Apache incubator project for quickly launching cloud instances, from Hadoop to Cassandra, Hbase, Zookeeper and so on. I will show you how to setup a Hadoop cluster and run Mahout jobs both via the command line […]

Mahout – Taste :: Part Three – Estimators

In Taste, estimators are the bridge between the generic item- or user recommendation logic and the specific similarity algorithm. Estimators are mainly used as part of the recommendation process, however, they are also used for evaluating recommenders. Additionally, the ‘recommended because’ feature is also powered by an estimator. This blog covers some Taste internals and […]

Mahout – Taste at Lucene Eurocon and Berlin Buzzwords

A little while ago, I was delighted to present two introductory Mahout – Taste talks, at Lucene Eurocon and Berlin Buzzwords. I received quite a lot of good feedback about the presentations and have been asked by a few attendees to post them. If you’re one of those attendees or you missed the presentation, you […]