Katherine Livins

Data Scientist
Stitch Fix

Better Together: Building Human/Computer Hybrid Systems For Better Client Outcomes

Human Computation is an interdisciplinary field that combines human and machine computing. It aims to leverage the natural strengths of both systems in order to produce a better overall algorithm. This approach is at the core of Stitch Fix’s business model, and this talk will discuss our approach to it and our strategies for optimizing it.

Katherine is a Data Scientist at Stitch Fix, working on Human Computation under the Algorithms team. Stitch Fix makes clothing recommendations by employing a hybrid-system that marries computer algorithms with human “stylists”. Katherine works on understanding and optimizing the human side of this system, by studying stylist behavior through data and experimentation. Before Stitch Fix she completed a PhD in Cognitive and Information Science where she researched how to shape human behavior through the manipulation of attention.

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