The Screens Issue - If You Liked This, Sure to Love That - Winning the Netflix Prize - NYTimes.com
"THE “NAPOLEON DYNAMITE” problem is driving Len Bertoni crazy. Bertoni is a 51-year-old “semiretired” computer scientist who lives an hour outside Pittsburgh. In the spring of 2007, his sister-in-law e-mailed him an intriguing bit of news: Netflix, the Web-based DVD-rental company, was holding a contest to try to improve Cinematch, its “recommendation engine.” The prize: $1 million." http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/23/magazi...this&st=cse
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Well not really, lol, but I did. However, my motivation is slowly decreasing so I may not even endeavor to download the test data set. Wow, a million bucks sure doesn't motivate like it used to.
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Especially when you figure that soon a Million dollars will only buy you a loaf of bread, 2 litres of milk and 2.5 eggs. You'll need 1.2 million to be able to buy the other half of the egg as well.
The good news is that wallets will be the size of suitcases, the bad news is that your back pocket will need triple stitching.