ETHIO PLANET - Oct 8 - When the Netflix Prize was awarded last month, it ended three years of intense competition aimed at finding a better algorithm for predicting users’ movie preferences. The winning team, BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos, was the first to forecast Netflix customers’ movie ratings with 10% better accuracy than the company’s in-house system. Gavin Potter, who gained recognition for his breaking the top 10 of the Netflix prize in 2008, is working on applying his own research for the prize to the dating site YesNoMayB, which employs two-way recommendation algorithms to find users who may want to meet one another. In particular, he hopes to use insights from the Netflix Prize to make predictions based on users’ implicit preferences, such as what pages they load.
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