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Recommendation Engine

I have been laid up this winter and have been working from home the past several months.  Idle hands ARE the devil's work so I decided to take on a machine learning challenge at CodeProject.com and build a recommendation engine like Amazon, Facebook etc.  These are interesting pieces of software that in commercial sites can work in conjunction with search engines to lead customers to content, products or items they might never would have looked at otherwise.  In fact, this is something that might be useful on LMR - maybe have a recommendations window for when a user logs in?&

ABM - A Better Mousetrap

Several months ago, I posted about what the Standard Template Library had done for development when it came out in the mid 1990s.  I remembered how it was this incredible leap forward in software.  It enabled a developer to do things in minutes that were hours, days maybe weeks before and was a huge leap forward in productivity and software quality.  It took standard algorithms and made them out of the box sorts of things that were easy to use and implement.