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]