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Open APIs

The algorithms for synthesizing collective intelligence require data from many users. In addition to machine-learning algorithms, this book discusses a number of Open Web APIs (application programming interfaces). These are ways that companies allow you to freely access data from their web sites by means of a specified protocol; you can then write programs that download and process the data. This data usually consists of contributions from the site’s users, which can be mined for new insights. In some cases, there is a Python library available to access these APIs; if not, it’s pretty straightforward to create your own interface to access the data using Python’s built-in libraries for ....


  

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