Google Prediction API Version 1.2 Now Released

Google Prediction API v1.2 released today, and makes it easier for preview users to build smarter apps by accessing Google's advanced machine learning algorithms through a RESTful web service.To join the preview group, go to the APIs Console and click the Prediction API slider to "ON," and then sign up for a Google Storage account.Some […]

Google Prediction API v1.2 released today, and makes it easier for preview users to build smarter apps by accessing Google's advanced machine learning algorithms through a RESTful web service.

To join the preview group, go to the APIs Console and click the Prediction API slider to "ON," and then sign up for a Google Storage account.

Some technical details of the Prediction API:

  • Chooses best technique from several available machine learning algorithms.
  • Supported inputs: numeric data and unstructured text.
  • Outputs hundreds of discrete categories, or continuous values.
  • Integrates with many platforms: Google App Engine, web and desktop apps, and command line.
  • v1.2 improvements:
    • Simpler interface: automatic data type detection, and score normalization.
    • Paid usage tier.
    • Improved usage monitoring and faster signup through the APIs Console.

Ideas to make the most of the Prediction API:

  • Recommendation: What products might a user be interested in? (example)
  • Filter RSS feeds, user comments, or feedback: Which posts are most relevant? Should a user comment be featured? Which feedback should we look at first? (example)
  • Customize homepages: Predict what content a user would like to see and populate the page with the user's anticipated interests.
  • Sentiment analysis: Is this comment positive or negative? Does a commenter support Group A or Group B?
  • Message routing: Route emails to the appropriate person based on analysis of the email contents.
  • See the Prediction API website for many more!

[Source: Google Code log]