Engineering Blog

Posts for June 2013

Never Stop Learning: School’s Out, Yelp’s In!

Machine Learning (ML) plays a critical role here at Yelp. It allows us to transform Big Data into usable information. A major area of research in ML is understanding how to apply the myriad of techniques available to an engineer. In addition to deciding on which algorithm to use, a practitioner must decide how to verify models, distribute computation, and monitor performance. Best practices exist in each of these areas, but novices may not be aware of them, and they can be tedious, even for experts. We know that many problems in computer science can be solved with another layer...

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