Wednesday 29th February, 2012
1:30pm to 2:10pm
Collborative filtering is a method of making predictions about a user’s interests based on the preferences of many other users. It’s used to make recommendations on many Internet sites, including LinkedIn. For instance, there’s a “Viewers of this profile also viewed” module on a user’s profile that shows other covisited pages. This “wisdom of the crowd” recommendation platform, built atop Hadoop, exists across many entities on LinkedIn, including jobs, companies, etc., and is a significant driver of engagement.
During this talk, I will build a complete, scalable item-to-item collaborative filtering MapReduce flow in front of the audience. We’ll then get into some performance optimizations, model improvements, and practical considerations: a few simple tweaks can result in an order of magnitude performance improvement and a substantial increase in clickthroughs from the naive approach. This simple covisitation method gets us more than 80% of the way to the more sophisticated algorithms we have tried.
This is a practical talk that is accessible to all.
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