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From Sean Owen <>
Subject Re: How to approach this? Classification vs Recommendation
Date Fri, 18 May 2012 21:24:21 GMT
Trivially it's four classifiers. You have just one input here, and
it's binary. That seems like too little info to discriminate on. All
you can learn -- and it doesn't really need a classifier algorithm --
is there's an x% chance of encountering problem a if funded, and
(100-x)% of a if not.

On Fri, May 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM, fht <> wrote:
> Hi,
> I suppose this a combination of a generic machine learning question and a
> mahout question.
> I have a data set. A user may or may not be part of a funded scheme.
> If there are not part of the funded scheme they might be susceptible to
> certain problems a, b, c and d.
> If there are part of the funded scheme they might incur problems a, b and c
> but not d.
> I want to process the data set to infer something like people who *are* part
> of funded scheme won't encounter problem c and d.
> Is this a recommendation or a classification - How do I approach this?
> Also can hive inteactt with mahout - I read (correct me if I'm wrong) that
> it's probably best to input data to mahout in csv format - I assume this is
> possible with hive?
> many thanks.
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