Friday, March 10, 2006

A lot of the coverage of this paper has focused on the machine learning piece of this project. I am glad because I think that is actually the most interesting part of the project. The idea came from the way I listen to MP3's. I don't like playlists, so I just put my player on random and skip songs that I don't want to hear. This whole project is really a way for me not to have create playlists.

The neural network component of XPod did not perform as well as I would have liked. I am now replacing the neural network with a support vector machine. SVM's are the cool new kid on the machine learning block. I don't know much about them, but they seem to out perform almost every other algorithm. XPod will be reworked for my machine learning class. This class has a good track record for success. Last semester a student created a very successful sblog detection scheme that is now being perused by major blog search engines.

There has been a lot of discussion of XPod in the blogosphere, so I decided to setup a blog dedicated to just it. If you are going to reference XPod please point to this page.

Here are a few of the blogs that have mentioned XPod:
The Ebiquity Blog
Smart Mobs
Live Science
Pasta and Vinegar
Positive Technology Journal
The Mind Boggles
The Knowledge Collective
Mind Power News and Again
My Venting Space
Corneel is Online
Hunter's Nest

En Espanol

Several blogs republished these posts. For now I will not reference repostings. I know there are more, but I am tired of searching.

CNN came to our lab to interview us and see a demo. The film is in but I don't know when it will go live. When it is posted I will put that up here too.