The Netflix prize has been won

Details of the competition are here.  The winning team is here.  Background on the prize is here.  Previous MR coverage is here.

Bravo!  I should note that current "recommender" systems don't much help me make further selections.

I thank Jüri Saar for the pointer.

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Wait, the winning team's webpage says other competitors have the next month to enter in their best model.

I really hope they follow this up with another similarly themed contest.

How do they avoid curve fitting their models?

@John: I think contestants got a training data set, and predictions were then tested against subsequent, real ratings from customers (see http://www.netflixprize.com//rules). So overfitting to the training set would not have been an advantage.

"The recommender system is my least favorite part of Netflix"

Worse than the bill?

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