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Leon Brocard (aka acme) is an orange-loving Perl eurohacker with many varied contributions to the Perl community, including the GraphViz module on the CPAN. YAPC::Europe was all his fault. He is still looking for a Perl Monger group he can start which begins with the letter 'D'.

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Wednesday May 03, 2006
05:07 AM

When recommendation systems go wrong

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Amazon is normally an excellent website. I often one-click things that I want on there and its recommendation system is often very accurate. I just bought a lovely Samsung LCD TV. This is a rare, one-off purchase for me. My old TV is 15 years old! Amazon's recommendation system, however, reckons I want to buy more and displays no less than five LCD TVs on the homepage. Um, no?
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  • Sounds like the furniture store where I bought my two couches when I first got my house. I spent $300 on a set on clearance. Immediately they started mailing me furniture ads. Um, hello? I just bought this stuff. I'm not ready to replace it, thank you.

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