Inside TikTok's Killer Algorithm
tl;dr: New users are shown 8 popular videos, each representing a different trend or topic. Users and videos are clustered separately and, based on users' engagement, the user is recommended videos from the appropriate cluster. TikTok concede this creates "filter bubbles."
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TikTok And The Sorting Hat
tl;dr: "A machine learning algorithm significantly responsive and accurate can pierce the veil of cultural ignorance." With half of TikTok's engineers focussed on its matching algorithm, Eugene discusses how the algorithm made the app.
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