Smart Searching Through Trillion of Research Papers with Apache Spark ML

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Every publication has a rich set of documents that contain information about different domains. Mostly, these documents keeps on sitting in data warehouses. If used wisely, they can prove to be a golden set for companies operating in domains like pharma, medical, or financial institutions.

For example, today it takes any pharmaceutical company upto 12 years and $2 billion to bring a single new drug to market. Despite the huge spend, scientists in Pharma don’t have a way to find the data on the work which is already done. They just redo the whole thing, wasting money on duplicate work.

The biggest challenge in making those documents searchable is that they need to be tagged with their corresponding topics for which SMEs [Subject Matter Experts] are required. SMEs would read the document and fetch the topics, tag it with the topics. This way of tagging documents is slow and expensive.

This talk explains how we can apply Spark ML to tag 100s of thousands of documents. Applying ML will not only make tagging process faster & less expensive but also can explore new fields which are overlooked by SMEs.

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About Himanshu Gupta

I am Lead Consultant at Knoldus Software LLP. I have been developing reactive products for the last 4 years using Spark/Scala and Akka. I have developed complex solutions for media and retail industry using machine learning in Scala and Spark. I am a technology enthusiast and blogs frequently about the Scala ecosystem. I also trains engineers on Spark and Akka.