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Recommender Systems at Etsy, Kamelia Aryafar

Recommender Systems at Etsy, Kamelia Aryafar

  Kamelia Aryafar is part of the Data Science team at creative marketplace Etsy. At AirBNB’s OpenAir Tech Talks, she described how the uniqueness of products on offer mean that approaches to machine learning are tailored to each individual Product team. Invariably, handmade items on Etsy are one of a kind, so how do you figure out how a recommender system ...

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The Future of Cheaper Deep Learning?

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Thomas Sohmers is the 19 year old Founder of Rex Computing, a start up which has been recognized for developing insanely fast servers which use up a fraction of the electrictiy of traditional hardware. The Platform and Fortune reported this week that Rex have now raised $1.25m in order to produce sample batches of a chip which boasts a new ...

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Ebay’s Deep Learning Employment Philosophy

Ebay’s Deep Learning Employment Philosophy

Ebay has its own unique set of technical challenges when using machine learning for image and text recognition across more than 800 million items on offer every day. On top of this, like many giant e-commerce platforms, it has also had to approach the matter of how to settle Data Scientists and Researchers into the business as comfortably as possible. ...

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Geoffrey Hinton, Deep Learning in Baby Steps and the Future of Google and AI

Geoffrey Hinton, Deep Learning in Baby Steps and the Future of Google and AI

Geoffrey Hinton has a powerful and relatively rare skill to compliment his research. That is, to be able to articulate complex concepts into language that anyone can understand. He recently spoke to CBC Toronto’s Anna Maria Tremonti about deep learning, starting with a perfectly simple question from Tremonti to hold listeners hands through the fundamentals of deep learning and then ...

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Splunk Guys in Germany Take Deutsche Bahn Hackathon

Splunk Guys in Germany Take Deutsche Bahn’s Hackathon

Being a fan of all things German and having lived in Frankfurt some time ago, I couldn’t help sharing the pride of the Splunk team that won the Deutsche Bahn Hackathon in order to help the German rail operator understand how to optimize it’s infrastructure by making use of it’s vast amounts of data. The Splunk team used structured and ...

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Baidu Suspended from ImageNet Dataset Submissions.

I am not entirely sure what to make of the news that Baidu admitted to turning the ImageNet Gentlemen’s Club into an all-you-can-eat engorgement of challenge submissions. If you hold these goings-on up to the light, from one angle they look more like school yard tomfoolery than razor sharp academic and commercial innovation yet at a different angle it looks slightly more ugly. ...

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Solving Machine Learning Problems at Netflix with Spark and GraphX

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The personalized video recommendations which are served up by Netflix are a glossy front page which is a result of Research Engineers like Ehtsham Elahi rolling his sleeves up for machine learning challenges every day. Machine Learning is a core part of the Netflix product with everything impression being recommended by an algorithm. One of the challenges for Netflix is scale ...

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Exactly How do you Define the Data Scientist Skillset?

I look at a lot of characteristics in Software Developers for my clients and I still find it extremely challenging to find the right balance of skills and character for me to represent someone. It’s usually the small things that can be the most telling, perhaps the attention to detail or lack thereof but almost always the information beyond the ...

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Deep Learning at Twitter, Clément Farabet

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Twitter is a challenge for deep learning. It’s easy to forget too that whilst Baidu, Google and Facebook are elbow barging each other to get to the front of the line, that Twitter is also a perpetual stream of unstructured and growing content, served up in real-time which presents a weird and wonderful storm of challenges with millions of made ...

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Baidu Deep Learning Crash Course

Baidu Deep Learning Crash Course

Deep Learning at Baidu is all the rage at the moment, that is, at least until they are out-algorithmed by another research laboratory, perhaps with more compute power. This is, of course, all part of what I was talking about last week when I wrote about the report in the Wall Street Journal on Baidu posting the world’s best results on the ...

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