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Building Recommender Systems with Machine Learning and AI

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Learn how to build recommender systems and help people discover new products and content with deep learning, neural networks, and machine learning recommendations.


1. Getting Started
  • Install Anaconda, review course materials, and create movie recommendations
  • Course roadmap
  • Understanding you through implicit and explicit ratings
  • Top-N recommender architecture
  • Review the basics of recommender systems
2. Introduction to Python
  • Data structures in Python
  • Functions in Python
  • Booleans, loops, and a hands-on challenge
3. Evaluating Recommender Systems
  • Train/test and cross-validation
  • Accuracy metrics (RMSE and MAE)
  • Top-N hit rate: Many ways
  • Coverage, diversity, and novelty
  • Churn, responsiveness, and A/B tests
  • Review ways to measure your recommender
  • Walkthrough of
  • Walkthrough of
  • Measure the performance of SVD recommendations
4. A Recommender Engine Framework
  • Our recommender engine architecture
  • Recommender engine walkthrough, part 1
  • Recommender engine walkthrough, part 2
  • Review the results of our algorithm evaluation
5. Content-Based Filtering
  • Content-based recommendations and the cosine similarity metric
  • K-nearest neighbors (KNN) and content recs
  • Producing and evaluating content-based movie recommendations
  • Bleeding edge alert: Mise-en-scene recommendations
  • Dive deeper into content-based recommendations
6. Neighborhood-Based Collaborative Filtering
  • Measuring similarity and sparsity
  • Similarity metrics
  • User-based collaborative filtering
  • User-based collaborative filtering: Hands-on
  • Item-based collaborative filtering
  • Item-based collaborative filtering: Hands-on
  • Tuning collaborative filtering algorithms
  • Evaluating collaborative filtering systems offline
  • Measure the hit rate of item-based collaborative filtering
  • KNN recommenders
  • Running user- and item-based KNN on MovieLens
  • Experiment with different KNN parameters
  • Bleeding edge alert: Translation-based recommendations
7. Matrix Factorization Methods
  • Principal component analysis (PCA)
  • Singular value decomposition (SVD)
  • Running SVD and SVD++ on MovieLens
  • Improving on SVD
  • Tune the hyperparameters on SVD
  • Bleeding edge alert: Sparse linear methods (SLIM)
8. Introduction to Deep Learning
  • Deep learning introduction
  • Deep learning prerequisites
  • History of artificial neural networks
  • Playing with TensorFlow
  • Training neural networks
  • Tuning neural networks
  • Introduction to TensorFlow
  • Handwriting recognition with TensorFlow, part 1
  • Handwriting recognition with TensorFlow, part 2
  • Introduction to Keras
  • Handwriting recognition with Keras
  • Classifier patterns with Keras
  • Predict political parties of politicians with Keras
  • Intro to convolutional neural networks (CNNs)
  • CNN architectures
  • Handwriting recognition with CNNs
  • Intro to recurrent neural networks (RNNs)
  • Training recurrent neural networks
  • Sentiment analysis of movie reviews using RNNs and Keras
9. Deep Learning for Recommender Systems
  • Intro to deep learning for recommenders
  • Restricted Boltzmann machines (RBMs)
  • Recommendations with RBMs, part 1
  • Recommendations with RBMs, part 2
  • Evaluating the RBM recommender
  • Tuning restricted Boltzmann machines
  • Exercise results: Tuning a RBM recommender
  • Auto-encoders for recommendations: Deep learning for recs
  • Recommendations with deep neural networks
  • Clickstream recommendations with RNNs
  • Get GRU4Rec working on your desktop
  • Exercise results: GRU4Rec in action
  • Bleeding edge alert: Deep factorization machines
  • More emerging tech to watch
10. Scaling It Up
  • Introduction and installation of Apache Spark
  • Apache Spark architecture
  • Movie recommendations with Spark, matrix factorization, and ALS
  • Recommendations from 20 million ratings with Spark
  • Amazon DSSTNE
  • DSSTNE in action
  • Scaling up DSSTNE
  • AWS SageMaker and factorization machines
  • SageMaker in action: Factorization machines on one million ratings, in the cloud
11. Real-World Challenges of Recommender Systems
  • The cold start problem (and solutions)
  • Implement random exploration
  • Exercise solution: Random exploration
  • Stoplists
  • Implement a stoplist
  • Exercise solution: Implement a stoplist
  • Filter bubbles, trust, and outliers
  • Identify and eliminate outlier users
  • Exercise solution: Outlier removal
  • Fraud, the perils of clickstream, and international concerns
  • Temporal effects and value-aware recommendations
12. Case Studies
  • Case study: YouTube, part 1
  • Case study: YouTube, part 2
  • Case study: Netflix, part 1
  • Case study: Netflix, part 2
13. Hybrid Approaches
  • Hybrid recommenders and exercise
  • Exercise solution: Hybrid recommenders
  • More to explore

Taught by

Frank Kane


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