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Machine Learning in JavaScript

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I did a presentation at Ottawa JavaScript on machine learning, which covered a lot of the material in my two recent posts on Bayesian classifiers. This was new to a lot of the audience, so I made slides to step through a very simple example.

Using the "box of chocolates" analogy, the slides demonstrate how to predict if a chocolate contains nuts, depending on its colour and shape.

You can view the slides here:

http://darrenderidder.github.io/talks/MachineLearning

Parable of the Banana Leaf

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Charles and Ray Eames were brilliant designers. For them, design wasn't about style, it was a philosophy and a way of living and thinking. This is from a lecture by Charles Eames.

There's sort of a parable I'd like to . . . In India . . . I guess it's a parable: In India, sort of the lowest, the poorest, the, those, those without and the lowest in caste, eat very often--particularly in southern India--they eat off of a banana leaf. And those a little bit up the scale, eat off of a sort of a un . . . a low-fired ceramic dish. And a little bit higher, why, they have a glaze on--a thing they call a "tali"--they use a banana leaf and then the ceramic as a tali upon which they put all the food. And there get to be some fairly elegant glazed talis, but it graduates to--if you're up the scale a little bit more--why, a brass tali, and a bell-bronze tali is absolutely marvelous, it has a sort of a ring to it. And then things get to be a little questionable. There…