Some of These Things are Just Like the Others
Meredith Patterson, PhD student, University of Iowa
A data-rich world has a serious downside: once you find some of what you want, how do you find more? PageRank, collaborative filtering, and other approaches strive to solve this problem, but from Googlewhacking to Amazon customers whose other interests you don't care about, each one is flawed or even outright exploitable.
Humans may not be able to say why they like something, but they can identify things they do and don't like. How can we use this to help people fish new things they'll like from a sea of data?
The Closed Solution:
It shouldn'tand now, it doesn't.
The Open Source Solution:
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