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more misc [Jun. 27th, 2002|11:14 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I spent awhile playing with interest correlations. I'd like to eventually find the correlation of everything to everything, and make a top correlations chart. I was thinking about this today while grocery shopping and thinking about economics, seeing how well the store grouped complements (ketchup & mustard) and even how they put a product in multiple places sometimes (ketchup on a suction-cup rack in front of the tater-tots).

Back to work on my living room laptop project... have my main machine doing NAT, DHCP, and DNS now for everything else. Which means I can (slowly) apt-get the "bridge" package to finish setting up ethernet bridging on the laptop.

Getting a little tired... hope I can sleep tonight. (need to get some Melatonin)
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[User Picture]From: inhumandecency
2002-06-28 09:15 pm (UTC)
My friend John (motive_nuance) spent a while working on a data mining application for IBM. One of their customers tracked huge correlation-patterns to figure out how different grocery purchases predicted each other, and tried to set up stores for maximum temptation. I think they found ~14 different paths that different groups of people would take through the store (i.e., 14 different factors that made up the store's sales profile). If you're interested in the subject, he'd be glad to tell stories.
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