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Date:1/31/2013

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Salford Systems has maintained long-term relationships with data mining visionaries like Random Forests co-developer Dr. Adele Cutler . In a recent visit to San Diego, she spent time with Salford Systems discussing plans for Random Forests future developments, offering an introductory session on Random Forests, and sharing some personal memories of her time working with Dr. Leo Breiman at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Cutler shared the chance origin of their collaboration on Random Forests in an interview with Salford Systems' marketing staff.

"Leo was my advisor at U.C. Berkeley, recalls Cutler. "I did my Ph.D. at Berkeley with Leo from 1983-88, but we didn't work on decision trees at all in that time. I knew basically what they were but I didn't understand them very well .... Leo and I worked on optimization problems and archetype analysis when I was at Berkeley."

Cutler didn't even begin to work on decision trees, let alone ensembles methods, until the 1990s after becoming a faculty member at Utah State University. "I worked on mixture models for a while and that was fun while it lasted, but I began to feel like the applications weren't really there, " said Cutler. "So, I went to Leo one day and I said 'Look, Leo, I've come to the end of what I want to do with mixture models is there anything you can recommend for a direction for me to follow?'" Breiman was enthusiastic about neural networks and he recommended that Cutler begin attending conferences where this was bei
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