Airbnb for dogs: A big data & machine learning approach to pet-sitting

Data Mining Posted by Kate Hoy on June 27 2016 An ‘Airbnb of dog sitting and walking’, Rover.com is available in the US and offers a more affordable and flexible option than traditional services like kennels. But matching local pet owners with appropriate sitters is a surprisingly complex big data challenge, which is where the developers and data scientists that create and test Rover.com’s many proprietary algorithms come in. Founded in 2011 by Greg Gottesman (Founder and Board Member) and Philip Kimmey (Co-Founder and Director of Software Development), “Rover.com is a dog lover’s other best friend — second only, of course, to your dog,” says the website. The idea for Rover.com grew out of a negative experience Gottesman had when his dog, Ruby Tuesday, was injured at a high-end boarding…


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