Alexandra Johnson, Software Engineer, SigOpt
Alexandra works on everything from infrastructure to product features to blog posts. Previously, she worked on growth, APIs, and recommender systems at Polyvore (acquired by Yahoo). She majored in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University with a minor in discrete mathematics and logic, and during the summers she A/B tested recommendations at internships with Facebook and Rent the Runway.
Common Problems In Hyperparameter Optimization: All large machine learning pipelines have tunable parameters, commonly referred to as hyperparameters. Hyperparameter optimization is the process by which we find the values for these parameters that cause our system to perform the best. SigOpt provides a Bayesian optimization platform that is commonly used for hyperparameter optimization, and I’m going to share some of the common problems we’ve seen when integrating into machine learning pipelines.