This has a happy honest ending, for those with ethical concerns.
Two winters ago I left a position as a system administrator that was paying pretty well and moved cross-country to a region with less jobs than where I moved from. Three months later, I was still unemployed, broke, and bored. I was talking to my good friend Japhy on IRC one day and he was explaining to me how the tf-idf algorithm works. For reasons involving boredom more than any other reason, I dreamed up an idea: I would write software that would take a given document and generate book suggestions based on its content.My imagination dreamed up this fairly straightforward process:
- Take a given document and calculate tf-idf scores on all terms
- Select X number of the highest scoring terms
- Pass these high-scoring terms to an Amazon ItemSearch query
- Receive a list of recommended books (with URLs) from Amazon….