Semantic recommendations

Created by team metaprank on March 17, 2023

Recommendations cold-start problem is not actually a problem, if you leverage content and item metadata to build your recommendations. To showcase this idea we build a movie recommender, so you can visually see the difference between collaborative-filtering and content recommendations. We made two PRs to an existing open-source project Metarank: * support semantic recommendations with cohere-ai and sentence-transformers embeddings * use qdrant as a vector search engine to quickly perform vector similarity search With these two PRs merged building such a recommender is just a matter of a few lines of YAML code. But the semantic-similarity approach is not only about movies, but can be applied more generically in traditional places like e-commerce. For example, in fashion with high inventory churn, being able to recommend something for new clothes having zero feedback is really valuable.

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