Blog Posts by Pradeep Banavara

  • Another Fantastic IIT Kharagpur!


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    Now that HackU has reached Kharagpur for the 3rd year in a row, students are able to identify technical challenges facing the Web industry (e.g., Local, Social, Media, Commerce, Connections, and Content platforms). This breakthrough has resulted in a significant fraction of hacks around topics especially relevant to Yahoo!’s core business offers, like News, Personalization, Content quality, Music, Travel, Finance, Chat and UGC (tweets, answers, follower graph).

    Some of the most impactful hacks have won through deep thought underlying scientific techniques, including data/opinion mining, entity extraction, natural language processing and the like, deployed to tackle these challenges, ensuring sustainable differentiation for such implementations. Of course, as hacks are fast prototypes, developed within 24 hours, some of these may need follow up and nurturing to persist beyond the event, to gain mindshare among their users and even to impact corporate

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