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January Meeting of the Colorado Springs Open Source Users Group

From: Gary
Sent on: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 8:47 PM

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A WEDNESDAY THIS MONTH AS I COULD NOT GET THE COMMUNITY ROOM DUE TO A BOOK SALE

 

AGENDA
6:00 - 6:30 PM - Food, Drinks & Networking
6:30 - 6:35 PM - Announcements
6:35 - 7:15 PM - Basic Concepts
7:15 - 7:20 PM - Break
7:20 - 8:40 PM - Main Speaker
8:40 - 8:55 PM - Door Prize Drawings

MAIN TOPIC ABSTRACT
Machine Learning with Apache Mahout

Have you wondered why you were being asked a certain question when the system should already know the answer?  Well, if it can’t know the answer then at least it can make a good suggestion, right?  As a programmer how would you write code to handle this?  Could you find patterns in the data that are not obvious even with lots of domain knowledge?  Machine Learning to the rescue.  We’ll explore how with a little math and a large data set you can quickly construct a recommendation engine.  There are numerous algorithms to choose from and we will spend time reviewing their strengths and weaknesses.  Data sets can quickly grow too large for a single system so we will also explore how things change when you distribute the work.  All examples will be in Clojure using the Apache Mahout library.

MAIN SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY
Daniel Glauser 

Daniel Glauser (Clojure)  has spoken on for audiences in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs and Trivandrum, India.  Daniel organizes the http://www.meetup.com/Denver-Clojure-Meetup/ where he focuses on working with strong members of the Clojure community to teach everything from beginning functional programming to advanced concurrency patterns.  Daniel is a software architect with over thirteen years of experience working for companies like Comcast, NBC-Universal and BellSouth.  Currently Daniel works as a software architect for VMware in Colorado Springs where he is working on large scale cloud management systems.  Daniel's interests include functional programming, big data, distributed systems, logic systems, and enterprise architecture.  In Colorado Daniel has spoken at DJUG, DOSUG, BJUG and CSOSUG.

BASIC CONCEPTS ABSTRACT
Stage Magic

Stage magicians have been astonishing and delighting their audiences for years. But there is a surprising amount of repeatable principles behind the art of illusion. The bulk of the actual work in a practiced stage act is more about directing the audience’s attention and expectations. Your application can also benefit from the principled application of practices such as direction/misdirection and not letting your users see your secret preparations and many others. By consistent application of these rules you can help fulfill Arthur C. Clarke’s vision that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

Danno Ferrin
Intelligent Software Solutions, Inc.
Twitter: @shemnon


BASIC CONCEPTS SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY
Danno Ferrin

Danno Ferrin is a Component Lead Engineer at Intelligent Software Solutions, a government contractor that is quite a change of pace from the startups he previously worked at. His career predates the dot-com meltdown and he still bears the scars from getting JavaScript to work properly in Netscape 3 and 4 simultaneously and keeping the NetDynamics server from crashing. In his spare time he works on various open source projects, such as the Groovy programming language and the Griffon application framework. He also is a founder of the Griffon project.


OUR SPONSORS
Website Sponsor: Homeland Security Careers
Food Sponsor: VMWare
Door Prize Sponsors:
Jetbrains - Software license (Several products to choose from)
Book Sponsor: OReilly Publishing - Technical books

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