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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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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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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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Celebrating Our 2021 Interns

I’ve talked a lot about how the complexity of what we’re building requires an extremely talented team—and that team doesn’t just include the talent we have today. “Take the long view” is one of Roblox’s values and it’s a phrase you’ll hear all the time in the company. Nowhere is that value more applicable than…

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The Future of Verbal change within the Metaverse

Roblox’s vision for the metaverse is to create a platform for immersive co-experiences, where people can come together within millions of 3D experiences to learn, work, play, create, and socialize. Fostering a rich community built on shared experiences is central to this vision and a driving force for Roblox’s path forward. As we build an…

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Categorical Your self with Display conceal Names

Now there’s a whole new way to express your identity on Roblox—with Display Names! These work a little differently from your username: Usernames are unique to your account and are prefixed with an “@,” so that you can always uniquely identify someone. If your username is @CoolCat43122, you’re the only @CoolCat43122 around. Usernames are used…

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Hack Week Returns for Any other Innovative Yr

One of our greatest privileges and joys at Roblox is participating in our beloved Hack Week tradition—a dynamic exploration of new ideas that expand the breadth of possibilities for our platform. Every year, for one full week, Roblox employees get an opportunity to take a break from their day-to-day work and pursue out-of-the-box ideas they’re…

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2020 Reflections & Trying Ahead to 2021

Dear Robloxians, In an incredibly challenging year, Roblox became a crucial place for people to come together. More and more we see the Roblox platform as a utility, and in 2020, we worked hard to bring millions of people worldwide together to play, learn, and work. The advancements we’ve made last year, and those we’re…

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