Not exactly a freakomendation

Paul's been posting freakomendations, which are "unusual recommendations" (that's a bit of an understatement given your examples, Paul!)

John Scalzi posted that Amazon's recommender suggested that he might like The Last Colony, a book he wrote!

This is not necessarily a freakomendation, because it seems pretty likely that John would read books that the people who read The Last Colony had read, and by that measure the Amazon recommender worked pretty well. But, as you can see from the comments for that postings, doing things like this calls the quality of all of the recommendations into question. This is probably unfair to Amazon's recommender, but that's what you're (which is to say "we're") up against when building recommender systems.

Comments:

A very useful post! Without it, I wouldn't have know a) that Scalzi has a new book out and b) that it is sitting in my local library, checked in, just waiting for me to pick it up on the way home.

~rick

Posted by Rick Preston on April 28, 2008 at 06:47 AM EDT #

Of course, I exist only to serve, Rick!

Posted by Stephen Green on April 28, 2008 at 06:49 AM EDT #

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