wayfair.com wayfair.com

Better Lucene/Solr searches with a boost from an external naive Bayes classifier

Me: Doug, what are you doing? Doug: Solving the problem of class struggle with one of Greg‘s classifiers. Me:  Karl Marx should call his office.  What do you mean by that? Doug: Let me explain… Class struggle at Wayfair search used to manifest itself as searches for ‘red cups’ that returned lists of beer pong tables, and other unlikely and embarrassing results.  In this particular example, our prospective customer was...

sitepoint.com sitepoint.com

Phone Booths to Cockroaches: the Evolution of the Wireless Hotspot

When this year’s Olympics Committee banned the use of hotspots anywhere near the vicinity of the games, accusations of a wi-fi police state, among other things, spread speculation about the many ways people will try to get their free wireless fix despite limitations. Although the wireless ban was primarily instigated to help avoid issues with broadcast communications across the games, it propelled a press release from wireless...