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Jake Mannix on Recommendation Systems, Physics, and the Best Answer to Our Questions Yet

In this episode, Frank and Andy talk to Jake Mannix, an accomplished data engineer who has had an amazing career.


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Notable Quotes

Frank heartily recommends Head Strong ([00:50])
It takes a lot of time to fly from Farmville to India… ([2:40])
Audible is a sponsor! ([04:00])
Jake is a Chief Data Engineer for LucidWorks ([06:15])
Jake describes a cool Systems Development Cycle… ([10:00])
… and compares and contrasts with Customer Service and Product Engineering. ([12:00])
Sometimes this cycle works “too good!” ([13:10])
Learn more about Lucene. ([15:00])
We now search by typing questions. Not terms. ([15:40])
More about Query-Intent Classification… ([17:10])
“How Do I Do Brain Surgery” – Google Search ([18:25])
Smart search is based on closed loop analysis of “who clicks on what.” ([19:30])
One example of public search datasets: Google Trends. ([21:30])
What is a garage-door opener? ([22:00])
“We expect a lot from search these days.” ([26:10])
Searching Amazon for garage door. ([26:40])
“Data is their foundation.” ([28:00])
“I’m a data engineer.” ([31:00])
“Math is fun but it’s 5% of the work.” What is most of the work? Data cleansing. ([31:20])
On tensors… ([31:40])
Jake likes to run long distances over mountains! ([33:10])
Jake thinks self-driving cars will be cool. ([37:30])
Jake shares his encounter with the Moonies, which wins the Something Different About Yourself segment (to date). ([39:35])
Jake and his daughter like to listen to audio books. ([43:20])
Learn more about Jake on LinkedIn! ([44:00])
Jak helped build LinkedIn‘s search engine! ([44:44])
Check out the LucidWorks blog. ([45:00])

About the author, Frank

Frank La Vigne is a software engineer and UX geek who saw the light about Data Science at an internal Microsoft Data Science Summit in 2016. Now, he wants to share his passion for the Data Arts with the world.

He blogs regularly at and has a YouTube channel called Frank's World TV. (www.FranksWorld.TV). Frank has extensive experience in web and application development. He is also an expert in mobile and tablet engineering. You can find him on Twitter at @tableteer.