Paul O’Rorke


Tom Fawcett, A Spam Assassin

by on Oct.26, 2010, under Meeting Notes

Tom Fawcett, Machine Learning Architect at Proofpoint, gave the San Francisco Bay Area ACM Data Mining SIG an insider’s view of email filtering on Monday, October 25th, 2010.  Proofpoint has thousands of customers large and small and guarantees in their service level agreement that customers will get no more than one spam message per 350,000 emails.  Tom pointed out that research on spam filtering has little to do with what companies do in practice in the “real world” and then he revealed a lot about how commercial spam filtering works.

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Web Mining in the Cloud

by on Nov.01, 2009, under Meeting Notes

Ken Krugler gave an interesting presentation on elastic web data mining at the 2009 Silicon Valley Data Mining Camp. Ken is the founder of Bixo Labs, Inc. Ken’s session was part of the half-day “unconference” organized by the Bay Area ACM at the Hacker’s Dojo in Mountain View on Sunday, November 1st, 2009.
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by on Nov.19, 2008, under Meeting Notes

At the monthly meeting of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the ACM in Cupertino on 11/19/2008, Francesco Cesarini, CTO and Founder of Erlang Training and Consulting Ltd. and co-author of the book Erlang Programming presented “Erlang Concurrency, What’s the Fuss?.”  Yariv Sadan from Facebook presented “Erlang Explained by Example.
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