How we got our whole staff working remote within a day

Published at April 22, 2020 ·  5 min read

“Something good comes out of every crisis.” (Dave Pelzer) Like every first Friday of the month, we are gathering for our company All Hands meeting. The only difference this morning is that all of us rather than walking to our office kitchen. We are all clicking on our meeting invitation links, and instead of the usual rush for the best place to seat we are sitting in our chairs and looking at our screens seeing our colleagues appearing one by one in the chat room....




RecSys 2019 - Recommendation in Multi-Stakeholder Environments (RMSE) and 7th International Workshop on News Recommendation and Analytics (INRA 2019) in RecSys 2019

Published at March 30, 2020 ·  13 min read

RecSys 2019 - Recommendation in Multi-Stakeholder Environments (RMSE) and 7th International Workshop on News Recommendation and Analytics (INRA 2019) in RecSys 2019 Once that you’re in a conference, the first thing that you do is certainly go to the main talks and see the presentations of big companies, look for the big cases, hang out with authors of great papers stating the SOTA and so on. This is the safest path and probably most of those cases will have press releases discussed in media or subject in blogposts and you can have access to this before almost everyone....




A small journey in the German language for Pre-Processing in NLP

Published at February 17, 2020 ·  22 min read

A small journey in the German language for Pre-Processing in NLP This is a summary of a talk that I was to give in Data Council last year, but I rather gave a broader one called Low Hanging Fruit Projects in Machine Learning. This post will expand some points of the bullet points that I prepared for this presentation. If you saw my talk about LHF Projects, some of the content will be kind of familiar to you....




Facebook FastText – Automatic Hyperparameter optimization with Autotune

Published at January 22, 2020 ·  4 min read

Facebook FastText – Automatic Hyperparameter optimization with Autotune Disclaimer: some of the information in this blog post might be incorrect and, as FastText is very fast-paced to correct and adjust things, probably some parts of this post maybe can be out-of-date very soon too. If you have some corrections or feedback, feel free to comment. Some of you must know, but FastText is a tool provided by Facebook Research used for Text Classification and training embeddings....




TechDays at MyHammer

Published at July 5, 2019 ·  4 min read

Our engineering teams use a technical backlog to maintain a list of all technical debts and technical improvements. Each team member can add a new task, Story, or Epic into the backlog. Bugs or technical issues that are related to the business logic are not considered in this backlog but prioritized into the product backlog. Our Tech leads gather once a week to discuss the newly added items and to prioritize the technical backlog....




Hackathon at MyHammer

Published at June 24, 2019 ·  5 min read

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” (Steve Jobs) At MyHammer, we value transparent communication, and this should be from both sides from the bottom up and bottom down. We use different tools to get feedback from our engineers. Some examples, among others, are one on ones, surveys, and retrospectives. In one of our last feedback loops, many engineers expressed a wish: “Being able to work on something that is not part of our daily work....