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Weird recommendations at the IMDb

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 23rd 2006 4:38PM
Something So RightSo I'm surfing around The Internet Movie Database, getting some info about the NBC show from the 1990s called Something So Right (Jere Burns, Mel Harris, kids and step kids - funny show), and while I'm on the page for the show, I see their "Recommendations" section. For Something So Right, they say "If you like this title, we also recommend ... Survivor."

Yup, if you like family comedies, you'll love a reality show about people on an island backstabbing each other to win a million bucks! I know that family life can be hectic, but it's not that bad.

Curious, I went over to the Survivor page, and the recommendation for people who like Survivor is...The Apprentice. Now that actually makes sense, but why isn't the recommendation Something So Right? (Oh, and Survivor is also recommended for people who like Newsradio and American Gothic too).

How do they pick the recommendations? Is it actual people picking them, or is generated by what shows users are looking at? Very weird.

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I agree it has to have something to do with keeping track of page views. Sites that recommend music do the same thing. How else could Britney Spears "music" be recommended for fans of Pantera and Korn?

April 23 2006 at 9:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

recommendations are generated in the same way as amazon.com, i think. it simply means that most people who looked at the pages for "something so right" also looked at the page for Survivor. with an obscure movie like that, probably only five or six people need to view both pages to make it a reccomendation.

April 23 2006 at 6:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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