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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Programming Collective Intelligence

This new book on Programming Collective Intelligence looks really interesting. I missed the author's session at OSCON few weeks back. Here's the presentation in pdf.


Toby Segaran's new book, Programming Collective Intelligence, teaches algorithms and techniques for extracting meaning from data, including user data. This is the programmer's toolbox for Web 2.0. It's no longer enough to know how to build a database-backed web site. If you want to succeed, you need to know how to mine the data that users are adding, both explicitly and as a side-effect of their activity on your site.

There's been a lot written about Web 2.0 since we first coined the term in 2004, but in many ways, Toby's book is the first practical guide to programming Web 2.0 applications.

Get your map/reduce going. ;-/

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