Monthly Archives: April 2019

Two Years of Bayesian Bandits for E-commerce

Date: April 18, 2019
Speaker: Austin Rochford
Title: Two Years of Bayesian Bandits for E-commerce
Abstract: At Monetate, we’ve deployed Bayesian bandits (both noncontextual and contextual) to help our clients optimize their e-commerce sites since early 2016. This talk is an overview of the lessons we’ve learned from both the processes of deploying real-time Bayesian machine learning systems at scale and building a data product on top of these systems that is accessible to non-technical users (marketers). This talk will cover:

  • The place of multi-armed bandits in the A/B testing industry,
  • Thompson sampling and the basic theory of Bayesian bandits,
  • Bayesian approaches for accommodating nonstationarity in bandit feedback,
  • User experience challenges in driving adoption of these technologies by nontechnical marketers.

We will focus primarily on noncontextual bandits and give a brief overview of these problems in the contextual setting as time permits.

An Introduction to Git

Date: April 11, 2019
Speaker: Johann Thiel
Title: An Introduction to Git
Abstract: Git is a popular version-control system used to track changes in a set of files (a repository). In this brief introduction to Git, we will cover the basic commands for creating, updating, and working with others on a repository. This will be an interactive talk, so we encourage participants to bring their laptops to follow along (be sure to install Git before attending). We will also have laptops available with the appropriate software already installed.