Working with Bayesian categorizers

Working with Bayesian categorizers.

There's been some discussion in the blog world about using a Bayesian categorizer to enable a person to discriminate along various interest/non-interest axes. I took a run at this recently and, although my experiments haven't been wildly successful, I want to report them because I think the idea may have merit. [Full story: O'Reilly Network: Working with Bayesian Categorizers]

This month's O'Reilly Network column was a struggle because categorization itself is a struggle. I remain convinced that the automated classifiers that are doing such a good job beating back the tide of spam will also turn out to be more generally useful. But finding the right synergy between an automated assistant and a human overseer is a subtle and tricky thing. [Jon's Radio]

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