Deep learning has become the de facto AI technique employed in many enterprises to build recommender systems. Deep learning offers the ability to perform auto-feature engineering and handle feature interactions. However, though it’s well understood and most people have started using TensorFlow or PyTorch to build deep learning models, it takes a lot of time and effort and exploration to put deep learning recommender models into production.
Abhishek Kumar and Pramod Singh walk you through deep learning-based recommender and personalization systems they’ve built for clients. Join in to learn how to use TensorFlow Serving and MLflow for end-to-end productionalization, including model serving, Dockerization, reproducibility, and experimentation, and Kubernetes for deployment and orchestration of ML-based microarchitectures. You’ll explore applications of deep learning, such as using LSTM models for forecasting and sequence embedding (and consequently, for predicting the next best action of customers in a personalization context) and using CNNs for image classification. You’ll also see how to do A/B testing to determine the improvement in clickthrough rate and lift for production deployments.
Abhishek Kumar is a senior manager of data science in Publicis Sapient’s India office, where he looks after scaling up the data science practice by applying machine learning and deep learning techniques to domains such as retail, ecommerce, marketing, and operations. Abhishek is an experienced data science professional and technical team lead specializing in building and managing data products from conceptualization to the deployment phase and interested in solving challenging machine learning problems. Previously, he worked in the R&D center for the largest power-generation company in India on various machine learning projects involving predictive modeling, forecasting, optimization, and anomaly detection and led the center’s data science team in the development and deployment of data science-related projects in several thermal and solar power plant sites. Abhishek is a technical writer and blogger as well as a Pluralsight author and has created several data science courses. He’s also a regular speaker at various national and international conferences and universities. Abhishek holds a master’s degree in information and data science from the University of California, Berkeley. Abhishek has spoken at past O’Reilly conferences, including Strata 2019, Strata 2018, and AI 2019.
Pramod Singh is a senior machine learning engineer at Walmart Labs. He has extensive hands-on experience in machine learning, deep learning, AI, data engineering, designing algorithms, and application development. He has spent more than 10 years working on multiple data projects at different organizations. He’s the author of three books Machine Learning with PySpark, Learn PySpark, and Learn TensorFlow 2.0. He’s also a regular speaker at major conferences such as the O’Reilly Strata Data and AI Conferences. Pramod holds a BTech in electrical engineering from BATU, and an MBA from Symbiosis University. He’s also done data science certification from IIM–Calcutta. He lives in Bangalore with his wife and three-year-old son. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, coding, reading, and watching football.
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