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Make Data Work
March 28–29, 2016: Training
March 29–31, 2016: Conference
San Jose, CA
Eric Colson

Eric Colson
Chief Algorithms Officer, Stitch Fix

Website | @ericcolson

Eric Colson is chief algorithms officer at Stitch Fix, where he leads a team of 100+ data scientists and is responsible for the multitude of algorithms that are pervasive to nearly every function of the company, from merchandise, inventory, and marketing to forecasting and demand, operations, and the styling recommender system. He’s also an advisor to several big data startups. Previously, Eric was vice president of data science and engineering at Netflix. He holds a BA in economics from SFSU, an MS in information systems from GGU, and an MS in management science and engineering from Stanford.


11:50am–12:30pm Wednesday, 03/30/2016
Tags: ai, ecommerce
Eric Colson (Stitch Fix)
Average rating: ****.
(4.42, 24 ratings)
Recommender systems use machine-learning algorithms to surface relevant products to consumers. While they are extremely effective, they cannot fully replace human interpretation. The two have very different capabilities that are additive. Eric Colson shows what's possible when the unique contributions of machines are combined with those of human experts to create a truly personalized experience. Read more.
1:50pm–2:30pm Wednesday, 03/30/2016
Office Hours

Location: Table B (O'Reilly Booth)
Tags: ai
Eric Colson (Stitch Fix)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Stop by to talk to Eric about the (current) limits to machine learning and find out when you should include a human in the loop, how to set up an organization to leverage both machine-learning and human-learning algorithms, how to gain insights into human decision making, and the various domains where machines and humans can be combined to produce new capabilities and value. Read more.