Auction site Trade Me trials machine learning in the cloud

Trade Me is dipping its toes in predictive analytics, deploying Microsoft’s AzureML to predict auction results. Latest New Zealand news The New Zealand auction site has also been able to experiment with the cloud machine learning platform for no license cost so far, using the free version.”Basically the free version is smaller and slower,” Trade Me’s senior business intelligence architect, Philip Seamark, told an audience at Microsoft’s Ignite conference today.Azure ML delivers production-ready machine learning, Seamark, said. No programming is required in the drag and drop interface.”While as a coder that is hard to accept, some of the challenges machine learning solves are not easy to do while writing code,” Seamark said.The code needed to predict auction results is one example. Seamark said he couldn’t imagine the code that would…

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