Bayesian top title learner

02Dec08

I finished my wordpress plugin, and, after fixing a few bugs, I think it’s at a usable version. Here is the plugin page, including source code and theory. The basic gist is that it creates a sidebar in your blog with links to some of your posts. At first, it experiments by displaying random posts, then it analyzes the resulting data using a bayesian learning algorithm to determine which post titles are most likely to get clicked. Why am I not using it on my own blog? I’m hosted at wordpress.com which doesn’t let you add your own plugins. Also, there’s nothing of general interest on my blog.

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3 Responses to “Bayesian top title learner”

  1. Hello,
    I make a try with it 🙂 I was surprised by the apparent randomness of the beginning but I will wait to see how it works.

  2. I installed it on my blog. Looking forward to seeing how it works! Some kind of stats page would be sweet to visualize what it’s doing, or if anyone is even clicking on it.

  3. Hey Greg,

    Really like the look of this script. Using Bayesian analysis is a great idea. Are you still developing the plugin? I’m running it on a local install of wordpress and the results look promising. It will be interesting to do some real-world tests though – I’ll roll it out with the new version of my site and see how it goes.

    Thanks for the plugin and keep up the good work.


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