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Causal Inference Using Instrumental Variables

Data Scientists often find themselves repeating the mantra “Correlation is not causation.” It’s a good thing to remind our stakeholders — and ourselves — constantly because data can be treacherous, and because the human mind can’t help but interpret statistical evidence causally. But perhaps this is a feature, and not a bug: we instinctively seek…

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Bring Your Dynamic Self to The Metaverse with Layered Clothing

Following an incredibly exciting Roblox Developers Conference (“RDC”) last week, we are happy to announce the launch of the Layered Clothing Studio Beta, now available to all Roblox Studio users. To enable it in your own experience, simply open Roblox Studio, click File > Beta Features, then tick the box labeled “3D Layered Clothing.”  For…

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Working at Roblox: Meet Ruofan Zhang

Ruofan Zhang is a Principal Designer on the Studio Foundation team at Roblox where she focuses on making the Roblox Studio a world-class “Metaverse Editor.” Describe your role here at Roblox. The Studio Foundation team focuses on making Roblox Studio a world-class “Metaverse Editor.” We provide “a powerful, free toolset that allows developers to rapidly…

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RDC 2021: Updates on Roblox’s Vision and the Course Forward

At Roblox, we are transforming how people come together to connect, create, and express themselves through shared experiences. Our platform has seen tremendous growth with over 43 million daily active users across 180 countries. This is possible thanks to the immersive experiences built by our developer community, who we bring together annually at the Roblox…

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Avatars and Identity within the Metaverse, Section 1

In Sanskrit, avatar (अवतार) refers to “an incarnation in human form.” In Roblox, few things reflect a user’s identity more directly than their avatar. As we’ll discover, there is no “standard” Roblox user, and the fantastical aesthetic variety in our users’ avatars directly reflects the diversity of the user base itself. Characterizing Avatars (Methodology) If…

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Twenty One Pilots Tour Debut Draws World Applause

From September 17-19, Twenty One Pilots took the virtual stage, sky, and garage with a pioneering, interactive virtual concert experience on Roblox. The five-song interactive and evolving concert captivated people from over 160 countries, with nearly 70% of attendees coming together from outside of the U.S. to kick off the band’s sold-out Takeøver Tour with…

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Working at Roblox: Meet Jovanni Cutigni

Jovanni is an Engineering Manager on the Simulation Core Team at Roblox. He and his team focus on maintaining the physics engine so developers can build dynamic physics-based experiences. Describe your team’s role here at Roblox. Roblox has its own physics engine, which my team and the Solver Tech team share the responsibility for maintaining.…

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Why a Generic Price Platform Is Obligatory for the Firm You Plot to Change into

We all know that premature optimization is the root of all evil. But I’d like to make the argument that when it comes to your company or side project, you should think about adding a payment gateway in a generic way to enable scale and innovation to support your growing business. When I joined Roblox…

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Introducing Age Verification

As our community continues to expand, both globally and by age (nearly 50% of the users on our platform are over the age of 13 as of Q2 2021), we want to make sure that everyone can express themselves in a safe and respectful way. Being confident in a user’s age and identity is a…

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Working at Roblox: Meet Karla Polo

Karla Polo is a Senior Product Designer on the Economy team at Roblox, where she uses design to explore the future of commerce in the metaverse. Describe your team’s role here at Roblox. The Economy group is responsible for the business side of Roblox. I design user-centric flows across different teams within the Economy group.…

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