eBay boosts its big-data brain with Expertmaker buy

eBay gets ready for some digital spring cleaning. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The rap on eBay’s website is that it’s too messy, forcing users to pick through page after page of listings to find what they really want. Plenty of customers just give up and head to Amazon instead.The good news is that eBay knows this is a problem and is working to fix it. The bad news is that eBay on average hosts 900 million listings — from new ink cartridges to one-of-a-kind porcelain dolls — making sorting all this stuff a humongous job.As part of its push to offer up more relevant products to shoppers, eBay on Thursday said it agreed to purchase Sweden-based Expertmaker, a 10-year-old software firm specializing in artificial intelligence and machine learning to help organize…


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