Collective intelligence is defined as the capacity of human communities to evolve towards higher order complexity and harmony, through innovation mechanisms as differentiation and integration, competition and collaboration.
Does the book deal with only mechanisms to better the Web world or does it apply for non-web applications also? Does it talk about benefits like web scraping, crawling etc.
[ May 07, 2008: Message edited by: Usha Seetharaman ] [ May 07, 2008: Message edited by: Usha Seetharaman ]
Absolutely, the book takes a holistic view of collective intelligence. To quote a section from Chapter 1
Collective intelligence is about making your application more valuable by tapping into �Wise crowds�. More formally, Collective Intelligence (CI) as used in this book simply and concisely means,
�To effectively use the information provided by others to improve one�s application�.
This is a fairly broad definition of collective intelligence � one which makes use of all types of information, both inside and outside the application � to improve the application for a user. This book introduces you to concepts from the areas of machine learning, information retrieval, and data mining and demonstrates how you can add intelligence to your application. You will be exposed to how your application can learn about individual users by using their interactions and correlate their interactions with those of others to offer a highly personalized experience.
It also deals with collecting information from outside your application. For this Chapter 5 covers searching the blogoshpere and Chapter 6 covers Intelligent web crawling