Bay Area Search -- Search Quality at LinkedIn


At LinkedIn, we face a number of challenges in delivering high quality search results to 259M+ members. Our results are highly personalized, requiring us to build machine-learned relevance models that combine document, query, and user features. And our emphasis on entities (names, companies, job titles, etc.) affects how we process and understand queries. In this talk, we'll talk about these challenges in detail, and we'll describe some of the solutions we are building to address them.

Satya Kanduri has worked on LinkedIn search relevance since 2011. Most recently he led the development of LinkedIn's machine-learned ranking platform. He previously worked at Microsoft, improving relevance for Bing Product Search. He has an MS in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and a BE in Computer Science from the Osmania University College of Engineering.
Abhimanyu Lad has worked at LinkedIn as a software engineer and data scientist since 2011. He has worked on a variety of relevance and query understanding problems, including query intent prediction, query suggestion, and spelling correction. He has a PhD in Computer Science from CMU, where he worked on developing machine learning techniques for diversifying search results.
Daniel Tunkelang leads LinkedIn's efforts around query understanding. Before that, he built and led LinkedIn's product data science team,  worked on local search quality at Google, and was a founding employee and chief scientist of Endeca. He has a PhD in Computer Science from CMU, as well as BS and MS degrees from MIT.


6:30 Eat & Greet

7:00 Talk - Great speakers, good food, free beer.


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  • Daniel T.

    1 · March 7, 2014

  • Daniel T.

    Thanks to everyone who attended tonight! We'll post the slides & video asap.

    2 · February 26, 2014

    • Gitanjali Gulve Sehgal (.

      Hi Daniel. Thanks for the meetup. Is the video posted anywhere?

      February 28, 2014

    • Daniel T.

      Not yet -- I'll post a link here as soon as it's on YouTube.

      March 6, 2014

  • Ankit J.

    Great meeting so many of you folks tonight. Thanks to B-A-S & LinkedIn for a wonderful event.

    Although I didn't announce this, I recently left Google (where I lead Search & Discovery for Google Play) to start a venture at the intersection of big data, cloud infrastructure & mobile computing. If anyone is interested in joining my early team, I'd love to chat. We're backed by some of the top investors in the valley and are trying to solve some aspirational but solvable problems :). Feel free to reach out to me at [masked]!

    February 26, 2014

  • donna

    The presenters were not only highly knowledgeable and explained the concepts very well, they were all so charming :-). I especially enjoyed hearing that LinkedIn cared deeply about "user happiness".

    February 26, 2014

  • Ali L.

    It was high level but still informational

    February 26, 2014

  • Pooja S.

    Do we have a dial in ?

    February 26, 2014

    • Var

      Are you going to post a link here or do you have some Youtube channel?

      February 26, 2014

    • Bev C.

      We will post a link here.

      1 · February 26, 2014

  • Thomas P.

    For people who cannot join us tonight, Daniel will post the video link afterwards. Cheers!

    February 26, 2014

  • Srin B.

    Sure, thanks Bev. I will be showing up.

    February 26, 2014

  • Srin B.

    Hi, I am still on the waiting list. Is there a long waiting list? Will there be chance for me to get a spot? Thanks.

    February 26, 2014

    • Ashish M.

      Releasing a spot because of another commitment

      1 · February 26, 2014

    • Bev C.

      Yes, please come. We expect some no-shows due to weather.

      1 · February 26, 2014

  • Alex K.

    Hi, do we need to sign NDA for attending this meetup? Thanks.

    February 26, 2014

    • Bev C.

      No, and NDA is not required.

      February 26, 2014

  • Glenn H.

    Hope this is V-taped for those of us on wait list. Sounds like a great list of stellar speakers.

    February 26, 2014

    • Bev C.

      Yes, it will be taped!

      February 26, 2014

  • Pablo M.

    Looking for the latest on search quality

    February 25, 2014

  • Aldora K.

    My car will be in the repair shop. :(

    February 24, 2014

    • Mark C.

      Where are you? Want a ride?

      1 · February 24, 2014

    • Aldora K.

      Thanks very much for the offer but I'm coming from Pleasanton (work) but I live in Oakland. (Yes, it's a crazy route.) It's ok. I would like to catch the ppt & recording of this meet-up event.

      February 24, 2014

  • Anushree V.

    Sorry had to travel because of a family emergency!

    February 24, 2014

  • Joe F

    Have a personal commitment. Will look for ppt after mtng

    February 23, 2014

  • Daniel T.

    Very exciting to see such a high volume of interest. Unfortunately we can only fit so many people in our auditorium. So if you won't be able to attend, then please release your spot so we can accommodate more folks on the waiting list. Thanks!

    1 · February 23, 2014

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