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Groove Radio: A Bayesian Hierarchical Model for Personalized Playlist Generation

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This talk describes an algorithm designed for Microsoft’s Groove music service, which serves millions of users world wide. We consider the problem of automatically generating personalized music playlists based on queries containing a ``seed’’ artist and the listener’s user ID.

Playlist generation may be informed by a number of information sources including: user specific listening patterns, domain knowledge encoded in a taxonomy, acoustic features of audio tracks, and overall popularity of tracks and artists. The importance assigned to each of these information sources may vary depending on the specific combination of user and seed artist.

The work presents a method based on a variational Bayes solution for learning the parameters of a model containing a four-level hierarchy of global preferences, genres, sub-genres and artists. The proposed model further incorporates a personalization component for user-specific preferences. Empirical evaluations on both proprietary and public datasets demonstrate the effectiveness of the algorithm and showcase the contribution of each of its components.

Bio: Noam Koenigstein received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel in 2014. From 2012 he holds a researcher position in Microsoft R&D Center in Herzeliya, Israel. Since 2014 he manages the machine learning and recommendations research team responsible for designing and building recommendation algorithms for a wide array of Microsoft products such as Windows store, Xbox, Groove music, and Windows phone serving millions around the globe. The team balances applied work with academic impact by publishing and participating in relevant conferences (e.g., KDD , ICML, NIPS , RecSys, WWW , etc).

This talk is part of the Computer Laboratory Systems Research Group Seminar series.

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