Tuesday, October 03, 2006

$1M is a lot of movies

Netflix is giving up to $1 million to whoever can write the best movie recommendation system. And if you do it using NLP techniques, Hal Daume will sub you an extra $10. Get your statistical machine learning on!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Random News

Some of the events of last week:

  • Auguste Anberree was born, six weeks early. He is fine, but will be staying in hospital for observation.
  • I did much work on the robotics course which starts next week.
  • I did some experiments and got some encouraging results.
  • I had an eye test and discovered I have mild farsightedness, and moderate astigmatism. I thought I had shortsightedness, as distant objects appear blurry. Turns out that is the astigmatism.