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Make Data Work
March 5–6, 2018: Training
March 6–8, 2018: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

Big data analytics and machine learning techniques to drive and grow business

Burcu Baran (LinkedIn), Wei Di (LinkedIn), Michael Li (LinkedIn), Chi-Yi Kuan (LinkedIn)
9:00am12:30pm Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Average rating: ****.
(4.44, 9 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Business leaders, researchers, and practitioners

Materials or downloads needed in advance

What you'll learn

  • Understand the big data analytics lifecycle
  • Learn how to utilize state-of-the-art techniques to drive and grow business


Analytics is the discovery, interpretation, and communication of actionable insights from big data. LinkedIn’s mission is to drive understanding and impactful decision making through rigorous use of data. Our analytics is deeply tied to core modules of our ecosystem, including product, marketing, and sales.

Burcu Baran, Wei Di, Michael Li, and Chi-Yi Kuan walk you through the big data analytics and data science lifecycle and share their experience and lessons learned leveraging advanced analytics and machine learning techniques such as predictive modeling to drive and grow business at LinkedIn. You’ll learn how to empower business partners to access data and insights whenever needed, how to optimize business performance by leveraging unique data, and how to innovate the way that analytics help grow businesses.

Topics include:

  • An introduction to data analytics and data science
  • Product analytics, both consumer and enterprise
  • Machine learning modeling
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Burcu Baran


Burcu Baran is a senior data scientist at LinkedIn. Burcu is passionate about bringing mathematical solutions to business problems using machine learning techniques. Previously, she worked on predicting modeling at a B2B business intelligence company and was a postdoc in the Mathematics Departments at both Stanford and the University of Michigan. Burcu holds a PhD in number theory.

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Wei Di


Wei Di is a staff member on LinkedIn’s business analytics data mining team. Wei is passionate about creating smart and scalable solutions that can impact millions of individuals and empower successful business. She has wide interests covering artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision. Previously, Wei worked with eBay Human Language Technology and eBay Research Labs, where she focused on large-scale image understanding and joint learning from visual and text information, and worked at in the areas of record linkage and search relevance. Wei holds a PhD from Purdue University.

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Michael Li


Michael Li is head of analytics at LinkedIn, where he helps define what big data means for LinkedIn’s business and how it can drive business value through the EOI analytics framework. Michael is passionate about solving complicated business problems with a combination of superb analytical skills and sharp business instincts. His specialties include building and leading high-performance teams to quickly meet the needs of fast-paced, growing companies. Michael has a number of years’ experience in big data innovation, business analytics, business intelligence, predictive analytics, fraud detection, analytics, operations, and statistical modeling across financial, ecommerce, and social networks.

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Chi-Yi Kuan


Chi-Yi Kuan is director of data science at LinkedIn. He has over 15 years of extensive experience applying big data analytics, business intelligence, risk and fraud management, data science, and marketing mix modeling across various business domains (social network, ecommerce, SaaS, and consulting) at both Fortune 500 firms and startups. Chi-Yi is dedicated to helping organizations become more data driven and profitable. He combines deep expertise in analytics and data science with business acumen and dynamic technology leadership.

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03/07/2018 2:06am PST


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03/07/2018 1:21am PST

It’s fixed now – sorry for the delay!

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03/07/2018 12:59am PST

Thank you very much for your kind comments, we are working with organizers to fix the pdf link for slides.

03/07/2018 12:27am PST

PDF link does not work

ZIHe Wang |
03/06/2018 3:33pm PST

I can not open the pdf file which i downloaded.
Is there any problem with the file?

03/06/2018 7:08am PST

Yes-thank you! I second the request for slides. :)

03/06/2018 4:40am PST

Hello. Thank you for the excellent presentation! Can we download the slides? Thanks