Short Course

Building Applications with Vector Databases

In Collaboration With




1 Hour


Tim Tully

  • Learn to create six exciting applications of vector databases and implement them using Pinecone.

  • Build a hybrid search app that combines both text and images for improved multimodal search results.

  • Learn how to build an app that measures and ranks facial similarity.

What you’ll learn in this course

Vector databases use embeddings to capture the meaning of data, gauge the similarity between different pairs of vectors, and navigate large datasets to identify the most similar vectors. In the context of large language models, the primary use of vector databases is retrieval augmented generation (RAG), where text embeddings are stored and retrieved for specific queries. 

However, the versatility of vector databases extends beyond RAG and makes it possible to build a wide range of applications quickly with minimal coding.

In this course, you’ll explore the implementation of six applications using vector databases:

  • Semantic Search: Create a search tool that goes beyond keyword matching, focusing on the meaning of content for efficient text-based searches on a user Q/A dataset.
  • RAG: Enhance your LLM applications by incorporating content from sources the model wasn’t trained on, like answering questions using the Wikipedia dataset.
  • Recommender System: Develop a system that combines semantic search and RAG to recommend topics, and demonstrate it with a news article dataset.
  • Hybrid Search: Build an application that finds items using both images and descriptive text, using an eCommerce dataset as an example.
  • Facial Similarity: Create an app to compare facial features, using a database of public figures to determine the likeness between them.
  • Anomaly Detection: Learn how to build an anomaly detection app that identifies unusual patterns in network communication logs.

After taking this course, you’ll be equipped with new ideas for building applications with any vector database.

Who should join?

Anyone with beginner Python, basic machine learning and large language models knowledge who wants to learn applications of vector databases.


Tim Tully

Tim Tully


Board member at Pinecone

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