A Cognitive Psychologist's Approach to Data Mining: How I beat Netflix Cinematch

  • April 22, 2014 · 6:00 PM
  • Axial HQ

The Gist

There's more to data mining than scikit-learn or mahout. Why does collaborative filtering work? Why does the ensemble approach work? Come to think of it, how do we think?

This very ambitious(!) talk will try to ground predictive analyses of consumer behavior in what cognitive scientists have learned about human memory and cognition, and demonstrate through the Netflix prize project that the prediction of human behavior can benefit greatly from an understanding of human memory and cognition.

More About Maggie

Maggie leads the data engineering and machine learning teams at the Huffington Post Media Group, and has a Ph.D in cognitive psychology from Vanderbilt University. Prior to HuffPost, Maggie led the algorithm team at Shutterstock, where she created and optimized image search ranking algorithms.

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  • Maggie

    Thanks for coming everyone! The slides are now available at http://www.slideshare.net/maggiexyz/a-cognitive-psychologists-approach-to-data-mining

    2 · April 24

    • Nishan S.

      Thanks a lot Maggie. Any chance we can get the video of the event as well?

      1 · April 24

    • Maggie

      I think Matt is working on the video. We'll post if it works out.

      1 · April 25

  • E\/IE B.

    Brilliant -- Maggie Xiong showed us how a better understanding of the problem and it's edges allowed her to trump the best minds in the game. Truly Inspiring!

    3 · April 23

  • Suhas

    Excellent presentation. Kudos to Maggie for trying this singlehandedly in the first place.

    2 · April 23

  • Bhavana

    Look to forward to attendin

    April 20

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