Alexis C. Madrigal of The Atlantic recently discovered that Netflix has 76,897 unique ways to describe different types of movies in order to tailor film and television show recommendations to customers’ interests. By reverse-engineering movie recommendations in such a way, Madrigal reports,
Netflix has created a database of American cinematic predilections. The data can’t tell them how to make a TV show, but it can tell them what they should be making. When they create a show like House of Cards, they aren’t guessing at what people want.
To read the full, in-depth piece and play with the Netflix Genre Generator, head over to The Atlantic.
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