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How to Classify Data Without Markup

Yaroslav Murzaev
Data Scientist
Oct 21

iFunny users upload about 1,000,000 pieces of content to the app every day, including not only memes but also racism, violence, pornography, and other inappropriate material.

Previously, we checked all this manually, but now we are developing automatic moderation based on convolutional neural networks. We have already trained the system to divide content into three classes: it recognizes what can be included in user feeds, what needs to be removed, and what is hidden from the shared feed. To make the algorithms more accurate, we decided to add a specification for removing content that did not have such markup before.

Putting a two-layered recommendation system into production. Bonus: we reveal the dataset!

Aleksandr Dzhumurat
Lead Data Scientist
May 20

Recommendation systems will always stay relevant — users want to see personalized content, the best of the catalog (in the case of our iFunny app — trending memes and jokes). Our team is testing dozens of hypotheses on how a smart feed can improve user experience. This article will tell you how we implemented the second-ranking level of the model above the collaborative one: what difficulties we encountered, and how they affected the metrics.

Detecting image duplicates

Yaroslav Murzaev
Data Scientist
Apr 20

The articles that will come in handy

Approximately 100,000 units of varying content come through our iFunny app daily, and every single one of them needs to be checked. We have already dealt with forbidden imagery by creating a classifier that automatically bans it. Next up — old memes, reuploads, and straight-up doubles that users try to sneak past the moderation.

To get rid of those, we have introduced a duplicate detection system. It had already gone through several iterations, but at some point, we realized it was impossible to put version-to-version improvements in proper perspective. And so we ventured into the Net, searching for books and articles that would allow us to examine currently existing approaches to duplicate detection and — most importantly — to their quality assessment. You can see what we’ve found below.

Deep Learning with a Small Training Batch (or Lack Thereof)

Yaroslav Murzaev
Data Scientist
Jul 7

Overview of self-supervised methods.

While the demand for neural networks is growing, most state-of-the-art approaches to adapt them to business needs often lag, hindered by insufficient or absent markup. Supervised learning is hardly feasible in this situation, and standard unsupervised methods won’t work for most of your tasks. This is where self-supervised plans come to the rescue. Depending on the task, they require next to no markup or none at all.

Ten Mistakes to Avoid When Creating a Recommendation System

Aleksandr Dzhumurat
Lead Data Scientist
Jul 27

We’ve been long working on improving the user experience in UGC products with machine learning. Here are our ten key lessons of implementing recommendation systems in business to build a really good product.

Finding a picture in an image without marking it up?

Yaroslav Murzaev
Data Scientist
Sep 8

Finding a picture in an image without marking it up?

We often see pictures in images: comics, for example, combine several pictures into one. And if you have an entertainment app where people post memes, like in our iFunny, you’re going to run into that all the time. Neural networks are already capable of finding animals, people, or other objects, but what if we need to find but another image in the image? Let’s take a closer look at our algorithm so that you can test it with a notebook in Google Colaboratory and even implement it in your project.

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