On the “Usefulness” of the Netflix Prize

What was the Netflix Prize anyways?

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Making history

The grand Netflix Prize solution

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Let’s talk ROI

  • Thousands of researchers and engineers around the world thinking about a problem that was important to Netflix
  • A solution (the first year Progress Prize) that could be launched into production with measurable gains
  • Becoming a recognizable brand name as a company that innovates in the space

Conclusion: are open algorithmic contests useful and valuable?

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Cofounder/CTO at Curai (AI for healthcare). Former Quora VP, Netflix Director. Software, Machine Learning, Data, Recsys... From Barcelona, in the Valley

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Xavier Amatriain

Xavier Amatriain

Cofounder/CTO at Curai (AI for healthcare). Former Quora VP, Netflix Director. Software, Machine Learning, Data, Recsys... From Barcelona, in the Valley

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