How to create a Delivery Model and upload via S3

Creating and uploading a Delivery Model is very similar to the steps for creating a Bid Model. If you would like to get started using Delivery Models or Modifiers, please reach out to either your Beeswax account manager, sales representative or support@beeswax.com, all of whom can enable this for your account.

1. The first step is to create the model offline. This can be done by training a model using Beeswax log data, or a different first/third party data source, or any other modeling technique. The delivery model consists of 2 files: the manifest file and the prediction file.

2. Creating the Prediction File: Prediction files are the table that contains the delivery model. The fields currently supported in prediction files can be found here. Prediction files should be kept to a maximum of 100 rows to optimize loading performance and should be in the below format:

  • pipe-delimited ("|") text files
  • no compression
  • first row of each file contains headers
  • at least one bid request key field
  • a required field called "value", which represents either the relative delivery weight for that row, from 0 to 1000
  • null values should be left blank
  • an asterisk (*) can optionally be used to match any value (note: a maximum of three wildcard fields are supported

3. Creating the Manifest File: The manifest file is a .json file with the below format. The model predictions object includes a list of S3 paths to all prediction files (previous step) associated with this model version. The files live under the following path: s3://beeswax-data-<region>/bid_models/<buzz key>/. The metadata.fields object contains a list of feature fields that are included in this model version and, optionally, the fields which contain wildcards.  A sample manifest can be downloaded here.

Important Note: When creating the Prediction File you should assure that each row is mutually exclusive in criteria. If multiple rows could be matched on a given auction delivery may not match your expectations.

How to Upload a Delivery Model:

  1. In order to use a delivery model, the files must be uploaded to S3. Please reach out to your support alias if you are not set up for this and request access. Instructions on how to access S3 buckets for upload can be found here.
  2. Once access is granted, follow the API documentation to upload the manifest and data files to s3://beeswax-data-<region>/bid_models/<buzz key>/. Regardless of which region you upload the files to, the data will be replicated to each region in which your bidder is live.
  3. File structure is largely flexible, but please note that manifest files must be under the following path: s3://beeswax-data-<region>/bid_models/<buzz key>/customer_manifests/.

How to Create a Delivery Model in Buzz:

  1. The final step to creating and using delivery models is to create the delivery model in the UI. API instructions can be found here. First, select +New> Bid Model
  2. Enter the Model name, select the value type as ‘Budget Weight (Delivery Model)’, and press “Save and Continue”.
  3. Create a first Bid Model Version for the Delivery Model by entering the location of the previously uploaded manifest file and an option name. Press "Save All".
  4. The model will automatically go into ‘PENDING’ status. This status signifies the version is being validated and prepared to receive traffic.
  5. Attach the Delivery Model to a new “Modifier” object. Go to “+New > Modifier” and do the following:
    1. Select type “Delivery Modifier with Model”
    2. Associate the Delivery Model you created previously
    3. Specify a Default Delivery, which is the weight to be used if no “row” in the model matches (more on how to use Default Delivery below)

  6. Go to the Line Item (or Campaign), and associate the Delivery Modifier to it from the “Overview” page.

  7. Finish setting up the line item, and set active.

Please note that updated versions of the delivery model table can be uploaded to the same delivery model object in Buzz, and the most recent upload version will be used unless otherwise specified.

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