Machine Learning in Microsoft's Online Services: TrueSkill, AdPredictor, and Matchbox
published: Nov. 16, 2010, recorded: September 2010, views: 6341
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Machine Learning plays a crucial role in Microsoft's online services. In this talk, I will describe three powerful applications of machine learning.
TrueSkill is Xbox Live's Ranking and Matchmaking system and ensures that gamers online have balanced and exciting matches with equally skilled opponents. AdPredictor is the system that estimates click-through rates (CTR) for ad selection and pricing within Microsoft's search engine Bing. Matchbox is a large scale Bayesian recommender system that combines aspects of collaborative filtering and content-based recommendation. It is currently being used for tweet recommendation within projectemporia.com.
All three systems have in common that they are based on techniques from graphical models and approximate Bayesian inference, yet operate at large scale. I will discuss the underlying models and algorithms as well as application-specific insights and findings. Time permitting, I will show the three systems in action. This is based on joint work with Ralf Herbrich, David Stern, Thomas Borchert, Tom Minka, and Joaquin Quiñonero Candela.TrueSkill is Xbox Live's Ranking and Matchmaking system and ensures that gamers online have balanced and exciting matches with equally skilled opponents.
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