Building a Machine Learning Platform at Quora

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In this MLconf SF 2016 talk “Building a Machine Learning Platform at Quora,” Nikhil Garg, Engineering Manager at Quora, discusses the core ideas behind his company’s machine learning platform, as well as some of the specific systems, tools, and abstractions that have enabled the company to scale their approach to machine learning.

Each month, over 200 million people (monthly unique visitors) use Quora to share and grow their knowledge. Machine learning has played a critical role in enabling the company to grow to this scale, with applications ranging from understanding content quality to identifying users’ interests and expertise. By investing in a reusable, extensible machine learning platform, the small team of machine learning engineers has been able to productionize dozens of different models and algorithms that power many features across Quora. The slides for this presentation can be viewed HERE.


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