Improving TripAdvisor Photo Selection With Deep Learning

Gregory Amis posted November 18, 2017
The newly redesigned TripAdvisor.com emphasizes traveler photos throughout the site, but not all of these photos are useful in every situation. Deep Learning networks provide an excellent opportunity for us to improve our users’ experience by highlighting the most attractive and useful photos for varying presentation contexts. This post will discuss our approach for gathering training data, developing a model, and scaling it up to over 110 million photos and…
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My Struggles with Map / Reduce

Louis Calisi posted July 3, 2015
I have a confession to make: I’ve been using Map / Reduce for the past 5 years. Up till recently I thought it was the only way to realistically process massive amounts of data in a reasonable amount of time. I’ve assumed streaming technologies were only relevant for simplistic applications where speed is prioritized over accuracy. I’ve been working on an amazing project for TripAdvisor and have come to the…
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