Get Smart About Artificial Intelligence: Finding Your Group

Whether it’s the middle school lunch room or professional associations, people love groups. Groups help us simplify our world and find commonalities with other people. The ability to take a set of unique individual elements and create intelligent groups is a markedly human skill. In this week’s edition of "Get Smart About Artificial Intelligence," I’ll help you discover how machines can mimic this form of intelligence.

Grouping—or clustering as it is formally known—relies on a set of data points (features) about each individual entity. Using algorithms, we can calculate the difference between individual entities and create groups that minimize the average difference among the group members.

The ability to intelligently construct groups can be used in a variety of applications including:

  • Unsupervised Anomaly Detection
  • Recommendation Engines
  • Optimizers

Check out this week’s video below for more:

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Craig Vincent is the Lead Technologist for State & Local Government, Education, and Academic Healthcare markets at Splunk. Craig serves as a trusted advisor to IT leaders and organizations who are looking to keep up with the breakneck pace of innovation.  From his years as a technologist and an advisor, Craig knows how to leverage the latest technological innovations and properly apply them to business and organizational challenges. As Lead Technologist, Craig is responsible for devising Splunk SLED solution strategy and aligning business functions around a technical vision. Prior to joining Splunk in 2015, Craig held roles at Mandiant and the Internet & Television Association. A proud Blue Devil, Craig holds a B.S.E in Computer Engineering and a Master of Engineering Management both from Duke University.


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