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Numbered recommendation systems are missing some semantic meanings

Filed under: — adam @ 8:08 pm

Netflix asks me to rate a movie on a scale of 1-5. Where’s “I really wanted to like this movie, but it just dragged on and on” (Hero) or “I wasn’t in the right mood, but I could have liked it” (Hero), or “blah blah blah really pretty, but where’s the plot” (Hero), or even “it really sucked, but at least we got a good laugh – had I watched it alone, I might have clawed my eyes out” (King Arthur).

These indicate that I might like other movies in the same karass, but I feel bad giving them a high rating, because I didn’t actually like them.

One Response to “Numbered recommendation systems are missing some semantic meanings”

  1. Richard Terry Says:

    This site ( does something similar to what you talk about. They allow flexibility in how you rate a movie. (My favorite is “sword fighting goodness”.) When I switched from Netflix to Walmart’s DVD service, I found that I missed Netflix’s excellent recommendations. I currently us this site: I also tried this one (, but it didn’t suit me.

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