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Making a recommender model and deploying it to UbiOps

Download link for necessary files: Recommender model files.

This tutorial is related to a blogpost

In a blogpost we explain how to put this recommender model behind a WebApp. You can read it here.

In this example we will show you the following:

  • how to train a recommender model on shopping data using the Apriori algorithm

  • How to deploy that model to UbiOps

Recommender models are everywhere nowadays. At every webshop you will receive suggestions based on products you have viewed or added to your shopping cart. In this tutorial we will make such a recommender model that can be used in the backend of a webshop.

The model itself

The recommender model is created using the Apriori algorithm. The final model takes as input a product of interest, and returns three recommendations of other products the consumer might be interested in.

How does it work?

Step 1: Login to your UbiOps account at and create an API token with project editor rights. To do so, click on Permissions in the navigation panel, and then click on API tokens. Click on [+]Add token to create a new token.

Creating an API token

Give your new token a name, save the token in a safe place and assign the project-editor role on project level to it.

Step 2: Download the recommender-system folder and open recommender.ipynb. In the notebook you will find a space to enter your API token and the name of your project in UbiOps. Paste the saved API token in the notebook in the indicated spot and enter the name of the project in your UbiOps environment. This project name can be found in the top of your screen in the WebApp. In the image in step 1 the project name is example.

Step 3: Run the Jupyter notebook recommender.ipynb and everything will be automatically deployed to your UbiOps environment! Afterwards you can explore the code in the notebook or explore the application in the UbiOps WebApp.