Ladies and Gentlemen -
Speaking only for myself, last night's meeting was a great time.? I hope you all agree.? I also hope we can continue to have meetings as awesome as last night's meeting!
If you'd like to make suggestions as to how we can make subsequent meetings equally as awesome or, if it's even possible, MORE awesome, please add them and/or vote on them at our UserVoice page here:
Also, a reminder: If you gave a presentation, it would be really great if you could add any presentation or example files you might have to http://github.com/indyrb/meetings/tree/master/2010-01-13/
, as well as add info to the README for last night's meeting.? Thanks!
As mentioned last night, Randall Thomas of EngineYard will be flying to give a presentation next month.? The following is the working title of the talk, and a brief description:
_Working Title_ : ?Artificial stupidity, adding smarts to yer kode
with a little machine learning
Machine Learning and data mining have long been a "black art" -
partially because it sits squarely between various rigorous
disciplines (statistics, linear algebra, analysis, geometry) and
primarily because everyone who studies it either has a Ph.D or is
working on one. ?This exploration will cover a basic (and gentle)
introduction to machine learning, a brief overview of what sort of
problems fit well into the machine learning bag, and a few examples of
how we might integrate machine learning into a project.
We'll also have David Woodward in to chat about Smalltalk, a language that heavily influenced Ruby*. Time permitting, you should give a lightning talk following Mr. Woodward.? You.? Really.
Have a good one.? I look forward to seeing you all next time.
* I have no evidence to actually support that claim, but I'm pretty sure I've heard it more than once, which totally makes it authoritative.