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.


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 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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