Understanding Machine Learning: XGBoost

Posted by Tyler Folkman on December 18, 2017 in TechRoots

Understanding Machine Learning: XGBoost As the use of machine learning continues to grow in industry, the need to understand, explain and define what machine learning models do seems to be a growing trend. For machine learning classification problems that are not of the deep learning type, it’s hard to find a more popular library than Read More

Learning Alternative Name Spellings Technical Report

Posted by Jeffrey Sukharev on May 1, 2014 in Data Science

Ancestry.com Publishes Technical Report on data-driven technique for finding alternative name spellings.    In this article we discuss the problem of finding alternative name spelling, an important component of name matching (part of the record linkage field). We started this project primarily because of real issues that we encountered while working on name matching for Read More

A Fast 11 Years at Ancestry.com: Billions of Historic Records, Millions of Customers and A Boat-Load of Code Later

Posted by Scott Sorensen on June 3, 2013 in Development, Inside our Offices, Operations

I joined Ancestry.com as a developer in June 2002 – exactly 11 years ago – just as Ancestry.com was inventing the family tree technology that differentiates us today. The last 11 years have flown by as our team innovates against the constant challenge of improving our unique and dedicated community’s experience. Looking back over that Read More