In the 21st International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2012)
LinkedIn has a unique data collection: the 160M+ members who use LinkedIn are also the content those same members access using our information retrieval products. LinkedIn members performed over 4 billion professionally-oriented searches in 2011, most of those to find and discover other people. Every LinkedIn search and recommendation is deeply personalized, reflecting the user’s current employment, career history, and professional network. In this talk, I will describe some of the challenges and opportunities that arise from working with this unique corpus. I will discuss work we are doing in the areas of relevance, recommendation, and reputation, as well as the ecosystem we have developed to incent people to provide the high-quality semi-structured profiles that make LinkedIn so useful.