January 23, 2020

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What's your machine learning score?

What's your machine learning score?

ML in production is different than ML in an R&D environment. Tania Allard dives deep into a number of techniques to test your ML quality and decay in your R&D and production environments appropriately. You'll see examples of issues commonly encountered in the ML area and how to test and monitor your data, model development, and infrastructure.

Talk Title What's your machine learning score?
Speakers Tania Allard (Microsoft)
Conference O’Reilly Open Source Software Conference
Conf Tag Fueling innovative software
Location Portland, Oregon
Date July 15-18, 2019
URL Talk Page
Slides Talk Slides

Using ML in real-world applications and production systems is a very complex task involving issues rarely encountered in toy problems, R&D environments, or offline cases. Key considerations for accessing the decay, current status, and production readiness of ML systems include testing, monitoring, and logging, but how much is enough? It’s difficult to know where to get started or even to know who should be responsible for the testing and monitoring. If you’ve heard the phrase “test in production” too often when it comes to ML, perhaps you need to change your strategy. Tania Allard dives deep into some of the most frequent issues encountered in real-life ML applications and how you can make your systems more robust, and she explores a number of indicators pointing to decay of models or algorithms in production systems. Some of the topics covered include problems and pitfalls of ML in production; introducing a rubric to test and monitor your ML applications; and testing data and features, testing your model development, monitoring your ML applications, and model decay. You’ll leave with a clear rubric with actionable tests and examples to ensure the quality or model in production is adequate. Engineers, DevOps, and data scientists will gain valuable guidelines to evaluate and improve the quality of their ML models before anything reaches production stage.

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