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This article was published on September 17, 2010

Google Makes Prediction API More Predictable

Google Makes Prediction API More Predictable
Chad Catacchio
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Chad Catacchio

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Google has added new features to its Prediction API that launched as a preview at Google I/O earlier this year. Haven’t heard of it before? Well, the Prediction API, “enables quick and easy automation of repetitive tasks. It accesses Google’s machine learning algorithms to analyze your historic data and predict likely future outcomes,” according to its Google Code page. Basically, the Prediction API is supposed to be used by developers to make their apps more automated

The new features that Google has added include:

  • Multi-category prediction, which allows content/objects to be tagged with multiple ranked labels.
  • Continuous output, which allows developers to offer a “fine-grained ranking” of whatever the app focuses on, based on the user’s preferences.
  • Mixed inputs, which allows developers to mix numeric and textual inputs to improve accuracy.
  • Combining continuous output with mixed inputs, which allows developers to set thresholds.

Google says that it is continuing to only offer the Prediction API in limited preview, and developers can sign up for a waitlist if they are interested.