Put AI to Work
April 15-18, 2019
New York, NY

Fraud detection without feature engineering

Pamela Vagata (Stripe)
11:05am11:45am Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Case Studies, Machine Learning
Location: Sutton South
Secondary topics:  AI case studies, Financial Services

Who is this presentation for?

  • Data scientists and ML engineers



Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of deep learning

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to apply deep learning methods to detect fraudulent users


In many industrial ML applications, feature engineering consumes the lion’s share of time, energy, and resources. Deep learning promises to replace feature engineering with models that learn end to end from “close-to-reality” data and has convincingly realized this promise for computer vision and natural language processing. But does this promise apply outside of these domains?

Pamela Vagata explains how Stripe has applied deep learning techniques to predict fraud from raw behavioral data. Since fraud detection is a critical business problem for Stripe, the company already had a well-tuned feature-engineered model for comparison. Stripe found that the deep learning model outperforms the feature-engineered model both on predictive performance and in the effort spent on data engineering, model construction, tuning, and maintenance. Join in to discover how common industry practice could shift toward deeper models trained end to end and away from labor-intensive feature engineering.

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Pamela Vagata


Pamela Vagata is the AI tech lead at Stripe, where she focuses on building deep learning models. Previously, she was a member of Facebook AI Research, developed FBLearner Flow (Facebook’s production ML infrastructure), and spent time building data infrastructure.

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Abdullah Al Khaled | SR DATA SCIENTIST
04/17/2019 9:22am EDT

Hi Pamela, do you have any github repo for this topic. Sorry, I missed your session.