From Raw Data through Vectors to a Comprehensive Recommendation Model


In today's data-driven world, recommendation systems have become ubiquitous, driving user engagement and increasing revenue for businesses across various domains. This talk will take you on a journey from the raw data to vectorization techniques, ultimately culminating in the creation of a robust recommendation system. Whether you're a seasoned data scientist or just starting your journey into recommendation systems, this presentation will provide valuable insights and practical takeaways for building powerful recommendation engines.

Key Takeaways:

1. Data Preprocessing and Transformation: We'll delve into the essential steps involved in preparing raw data for recommendation systems, including data cleaning, feature engineering, and handling missing values. You'll learn how to transform messy data into a structured, usable format, setting the foundation for effective recommendations.

2. Vectorization Techniques: Understanding how to represent data as vectors is crucial for recommendation systems. We'll explore various vectorization methods, and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. By the end of the talk, you'll have a clear understanding of when and how to apply these techniques to extract meaningful patterns from your data.

3. Building a Recommendation System: The ultimate goal of this journey is to equip you with the knowledge and tools to build a recommendation system from scratch. We'll guide you through the architecture and algorithms commonly used in recommendation systems, covering content-based, collaborative filtering, and hybrid approaches. You'll leave with the ability to design and implement recommendation systems tailored to your specific use case.

Join us in this comprehensive exploration of recommendation systems, and discover how to transform raw data into actionable insights, leveraging the power of vectors to drive user engagement and business success. Whether you're interested in enhancing your existing recommendation system or starting from scratch, this talk will provide you with the knowledge and strategies to make informed decisions and build effective recommendation engines.


Hudson Buzby is a dynamic Solutions Architect with a passion for leveraging technology to solve complex challenges. With over a decade of experience in the tech industry, Hudson has made significant contributions to the world of data engineering and cloud solutions. Hudson currently serves as a Solutions Architect at Qwak, where he continues to push the boundaries of what's possible in the world of cloud computing and data management.

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