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What is Metarank?

Metarank is an open-source ranking service. It can help you to build a personalized semantic/neural search and recommendations.
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Why Metarank?

With Metarank, you can make your existing search and recommendations smarter:
  • Integrate customer signals like clicks and purchases into the ranking - and optimize for maximal CTR!
  • Track visitor profile and make search results adapt to user actions with real-time personalization.
  • Use LLMs in bi- and cross-encoder mode to make your search understand the true meaning of search queries.
Metarank is fast:
  • optimized for reranking latency, it can handle even large result sets within 10-20ms. See benchmarks.
  • as a stateless cloud-native service (with state managed by Redis), it can scale horizontally and process thousands of RPS. See Kubernetes deployment guide for details.
Save your development time:
  • Metarank can compute dozens of typical ranking signals out of the box: CTR, referer, User-Agent, time, etc - you don't need to write custom ad-hoc code for most common ranking factors. See the full list of supported ranking signals in our docs.
  • There are integrations with many possible streaming processing systems to ingest visitor signals: See data sources for details.

What can you build with Metarank?

Metarank helps you build advanced ranking systems for search and recommendations:
  • Semantic search: use state-of-the-art LLMs to make your Elasticsearch/OpenSearch understand the meaning of your queries
  • Recommendations: traditional collaborative-filtering and new-age semantic content recommendations.
  • Learning-to-Rank: optimize your existing search

Content

Blog posts:
Meetups and conference talks:

Main features

Demo

You can play with Metarank demo on demo.metarank.ai:
Demo
The demo itself and the data used are open-source and you can grab a copy of training events and config file in the github repo.

Metarank in One Minute

Let us show how you can start personalizing content with LambdaMART-based reranking in just under a minute:
  1. 1.
    Prepare the data: we will get the dataset and config file from the demo.metarank.ai
  2. 2.
    Start Metarank in a standalone mode: it will import the data, train the ML model and start the API.
  3. 3.
    Send a couple of requests to the API.

Step 1: Prepare data

We will use the ranklens dataset, which is used in our Demo, so just download the data file
curl -O -L https://github.com/metarank/metarank/raw/master/src/test/resources/ranklens/events/events.jsonl.gz

Step 2: Prepare configuration file

We will again use the configuration file from our Demo. It utilizes in-memory store, so no other dependencies are needed.
curl -O -L https://raw.githubusercontent.com/metarank/metarank/master/src/test/resources/ranklens/config.yml

Step 3: Start Metarank!

With the final step we will use Metarank’s standalone mode that combines training and running the API into one command:
docker run -i -t -p 8080:8080 -v $(pwd):/opt/metarank metarank/metarank:latest standalone --config /opt/metarank/config.yml --data /opt/metarank/events.jsonl.gz
You will see some useful output while Metarank is starting and grinding through the data. Once this is done, you can send requests to localhost:8080 to get personalized results.
Here we will interact with several movies by clicking on one of them and observing the results.
First, let's see the initial output provided by Metarank without before we interact with it
# get initial ranking for some items
curl http://localhost:8080/rank/xgboost \
-d '{
"event": "ranking",
"id": "id1",
"items": [
{"id":"72998"}, {"id":"67197"}, {"id":"77561"},
{"id":"68358"}, {"id":"79132"}, {"id":"103228"},
{"id":"72378"}, {"id":"85131"}, {"id":"94864"},
{"id":"68791"}, {"id":"93363"}, {"id":"112623"}
],
"user": "alice",
"session": "alice1",
"timestamp": 1661431886711
}'
# {"item":"72998","score":0.9602446652021992},{"item":"79132","score":0.7819134441404151},{"item":"68358","score":0.33377910321385645},{"item":"112623","score":0.32591281190727805},{"item":"103228","score":0.31640256043322723},{"item":"77561","score":0.3040782705414116},{"item":"94864","score":0.17659007036183608},{"item":"72378","score":0.06164568676567339},{"item":"93363","score":0.058120639770243385},{"item":"68791","score":0.026919880032451306},{"item":"85131","score":-0.35794106000271037},{"item":"67197","score":-0.48735167237049154}
# tell Metarank which items were presented to the user and in which order from the previous request
# optionally, we can include the score calculated by Metarank or your internal retrieval system
curl http://localhost:8080/feedback \
-d '{
"event": "ranking",
"fields": [],
"id": "test-ranking",
"items": [
{"id":"72998","score":0.9602446652021992},{"id":"79132","score":0.7819134441404151},{"id":"68358","score":0.33377910321385645},
{"id":"112623","score":0.32591281190727805},{"id":"103228","score":0.31640256043322723},{"id":"77561","score":0.3040782705414116},
{"id":"94864","score":0.17659007036183608},{"id":"72378","score":0.06164568676567339},{"id":"93363","score":0.058120639770243385},
{"id":"68791","score":0.026919880032451306},{"id":"85131","score":-0.35794106000271037},{"id":"67197","score":-0.48735167237049154}
],
"user": "test2",
"session": "test2",
"timestamp": 1661431888711
}'
Now, let's intereact with the items 93363
# click on the item with id 93363
curl http://localhost:8080/feedback \
-d '{
"event": "interaction",
"type": "click",
"fields": [],
"id": "test-interaction",
"ranking": "test-ranking",
"item": "93363",
"user": "test",
"session": "test",
"timestamp": 1661431890711
}'
Now, Metarank will personalize the items, the order of the items in the response will be different
# personalize the same list of items
# they will be returned in a different order by Metarank
curl http://localhost:8080/rank/xgboost \
-d '{
"event": "ranking",
"fields": [],
"id": "test-personalized",
"items": [
{"id":"72998"}, {"id":"67197"}, {"id":"77561"},
{"id":"68358"}, {"id":"79132"}, {"id":"103228"},
{"id":"72378"}, {"id":"85131"}, {"id":"94864"},
{"id":"68791"}, {"id":"93363"}, {"id":"112623"}
],
"user": "test",
"session": "test",
"timestamp": 1661431892711
}'
# {"items":[{"item":"93363","score":2.2013986484185124},{"item":"72998","score":1.1542776301073876},{"item":"68358","score":0.9828904282341605},{"item":"112623","score":0.9521647429731446},{"item":"79132","score":0.9258841742518286},{"item":"77561","score":0.8990921381835769},{"item":"103228","score":0.8990921381835769},{"item":"94864","score":0.7131600718467729},{"item":"68791","score":0.624462038351694},{"item":"72378","score":0.5269765094008626},{"item":"85131","score":0.29198666089255343},{"item":"67197","score":0.16412780810560743}]}

What's next?

Check out a more in-depth Quickstart and full Reference.
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