#### Aug 06, 2018

We all know that Python has risen above its humble beginnings such that it now powers billion dollar companies. Let's not forget Python's roots, though! It's still an excellent language for running quick and dirty scripts that automate some task. While this works fine for automating my own tasks because I know how to navigate the command line, it's a bit much to ask a layperson to somehow install python and dependencies, open Terminal on a Mac (god help you if they have a Windows computer), type a random string of characters, and hit enter. Ideally, you would give the layperson a button, they hit it, and they get their result.

#### Mar 22, 2018

In this post, I will walk through how to use my new library skits for building `scikit-learn`

pipelines to fit, predict, and forecast time series data.

#### Jan 28, 2018

When I first started to learn about machine learning, specifically supervised learning, I eventually felt comfortable with taking some input $\mathbf{X}$, and determining a function $f(\mathbf{X})$ that best maps $\mathbf{X}$ to some known output value $y$. Separately, I dove a little into time series analysis and thought of this as a completely different paradigm. In time series, we don't think of things in terms of features or inputs; rather, we have the time series $y$, and $y$ alone, and we look at previous values of $y$ to predict future values of $y$.

#### Jun 20, 2017

Hey, remember when I wrote those ungodly long posts about matrix factorization chock-full of gory math? Good news! You can forget it all. We have now entered the Era of Deep Learning, and automatic differentiation shall be our guiding light.

#### Mar 20, 2017

I've been making my way through the recently released Deep Learning textbook (which is absolutely excellent), and I came upon the section on Universal Approximation Properties. The Universal Approximation Theorem (UAT) essentially proves that neural networks are capable of approximating any continuous function (subject to some constraints and with upper …

#### Feb 05, 2017

After the long series of previous posts describing various recommendation algorithms using Sketchfab data, I decided to build a website called Rec-a-Sketch which visualizes the different algorithms' recommendations. In this post, I'll describe the process of getting this website up and running on AWS with nginx and gunicorn.

#### Dec 05, 2016

To close out our series on building recommendation models using Sketchfab data, I will venture far from the previous posts' factorization-based methods and instead explore an unsupervised, deep learning-based model. You'll find that the implementation is fairly simple with remarkably promising results which is almost a smack in the face to all of that effort put in earlier.

#### Nov 07, 2016

In this post we're going to do a bunch of cool things following up on the last post introducing implicit matrix factorization. We're going to explore Learning to Rank, a different method for implicit matrix factorization, and then use the library LightFM to incorporate side information into our recommender. Next, we'll use scikit-optimize to be smarter than grid search for cross validating hyperparameters. Lastly, we'll see that we can move beyond simple user-to-item and item-to-item recommendations now that we have side information embedded in the same space as our users and items. Let's go!

#### Oct 19, 2016

Last post I described how I collected implicit feedback data from the website Sketchfab. I then claimed I would write about how to actually build a recommendation system with this data. Well, here we are! Let's build.

#### Oct 09, 2016

-- Zack de la Rocha

*tl;dr -> I collected an implicit feedback dataset along with side-information about the items. This dataset contains around 62,000 users and 28,000 items. All the data lives here inside of this repo. Enjoy!*