The competition has been very good to me, and I'm now engaged on a variety of projects trying to leverage the skills learnt including:
- Producing a film and television recommendation system http://marketingfeeds.nl/TechCrunch/2009/06/03/beeTV_Raises_$8_Million_For_Stunning_Personal_TV_Recommendation_System
- Working for a number of dating agencies http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/news/2009/04/gavin-potter-and-nick-tsinonis-founders-of-intro-analytics.html trying to help them identify compatible people - the interesting twist here is that as well as the person having to like the movie the movie has to like the person as well - if you see what I mean)
- Identifying who might have to go to the accident and emergency department of a hospital so that careplans can be put in place to reduce the likelihood of an emergency admission thereby reducing costs and improving patient satisfaction. (the movie equivalent here is the treatments they received in the last year).
- Working on a project to predict the prices of ... (I'm afraid I can't talk about this one just yet).
If any of the Netflix contestants are interested in working on "real problems" please don't hesitate to get in touch. I've more work than I can handle at the moment.