Yandex Zen

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Yandex Zen
Yandex Zen Logo.png
Developer(s)Yandex
Initial releaseJune 2015; 3 years ago (June 2015)[1][2]
Available inover 50[3] languages
TypeRecommendation system
LicenseFreeware
Websitezen.yandex.com

Yandex Zen (Russian: Я́ндекс.Дзен) is a personal recommendations service created by Yandex that uses machine learning technology.[4][5][6][7]

Zen creates a feed of content that automatically adjusts to the interests of a user.[8] The selection of content is based on the analysis of browsing history, user-specified preferences, location, time of day and other factors.[9][10]

Zen has a weekly active user audience of more than 20 million.[11]

Technology[edit]

Zen is an example of the implementation of a specialized artificial intelligence technology.[12][13]

To analyze the interests and preferences of users, Yandex uses information about sites that have been visited, as well as user-specified interests.[14]

The system analyzes the user's favorite sites and other behaviors with the aim of creating a unique model of the user's preferences.[15] With an increasing amount of data about the user, the system can offer the user more relevant and topical content,[15] including content from sources unfamiliar to the user.[16] Zen adapts to the changing interests of the user.[17] For example, if a user begins to read about architecture, content on this subject will appear in their content feed more often.[18][19]

Prediction of user interest by using collaborative filtering[10]

The service is available as part of the desktop and mobile versions of Yandex Browser[11] and in Yandex Launcher.[20][21]

Zen, Launcher and Browser belong to the “Discovery” technology category (services and apps that use artificial intelligence to adapt to a user).[22][23][24]

The technology that underlies Zen was adapted by Yandex and CERN for use in the Large Hadron Collider. It is used to provide in-depth analysis of the results of physics experiments taking place at the LHС.[25][26]

Media platform[edit]

In 2017, Yandex announced the launch of a platform that allows companies and independent authors to publish media content (articles, photos, videos) directly to Zen.[27] The platform also allows popular authors to earn money by using micropayment channels and ads.[27][28][29] According to Zen Media Director Daniel Trabun, the company plans to pay up to $1 million to the best authors of publications in 2017.[27][30]

Prior to the launch of the platform, Zen feeds consisted only of publications selected from publicly available sources.[31]

History[edit]

In 1997, Yandex began research into natural language processing, machine learning and recommendation systems.[20] In 2009, the proprietary machine learning algorithm MatrixNet was developed by Yandex, becoming one of the key components that Zen functions on.[10] The first Yandex service to introduce the use of recommendation technology was Yandex.Music, which was launched in September 2014.[1] This technology was then implemented in Yandex.Market and Yandex.Radio.[1]

In June 2015, a beta version of Zen became available.[1][2][32] At first, the Zen content feed showed only content from the media, and the service was only available to the 5% of users of Yandex Browser on Android that had registered a Yandex account.[1] Prior to this, Zen was available in an experimental form on the webpage zen.yandex.ru.[10][33]

In the following months, other types of content were added to Zen, such as image galleries, articles, blogs, forums, videos from YouTube, etc.[11][10][34]

According to data from April 2017, Zen is available in more than 50 languages in more than 100 countries, including the United States, India and Brazil.[3][11][35]

Management[edit]

The head of the Zen service is Viktor Lamburt.[11][35]

Finances[edit]

Zen is one of Yandex's experimental business activities.[22][36] According to data from 2015, this segment earned the company almost half a billion rubles in revenue.[37] In Q2 2016, Zen and other experimental services brought in 153 million rubles in revenue to Yandex.[36][38] Monetization of the service is due to ad blocks built into the news feeds (in Russia, ads are served by Yandex.Direct).[11]

Competitors[edit]

After the release of Zen, several major companies also announced personal recommendation services. In May 2016, Mail.Ru Group presented a similar project called Likemore, which offers users content from VK (VKontakte) social media groups.[39][40] In August 2016, Google launched a test version of a similar service that recommends news articles.[39][41][42] Apple and Facebook have also launched news services with similar functionality.[43]

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