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Collaborative recommendation is an approach to computer-assisted decision making (decision support) that is based upon observation and analysis of decisions made by many users of an information system in order to build a combined model of users' preferences. One example of this is collaborative filtering, where recommendations are digital documents. Collaborative recommendation is also used to help people pick out music, videos, books, etc.

For example: in August of 2000, I searched for a book titled Applied Cryptography, because I wanted to learn more about cryptology, a subject studied by my friend and colleague Michael Huth (author of Secure Communicating Systems: Design, Analysis, and Implementation). Well, I went to Barnes and Noble and was told:

Customers who bought:
Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms, and Source Code in C, second edition by Bruce Schneier
also bought:
Secrets of Sexual Body Language by Martin Lloyd-Elliott

which kindasorta makes sense if one is a literal-minded computer geek (IOW, a likely buyer of the first book).

I only wish I'd been a big enough geek at the time to take a screen shot. :-D

In other news: A suggestion psotted in silmarillion by tamburlaine (Julia, aka Celebrinwen)</b> - Adrien Brody [1] as Túrin Turambar in the (hypothetical) Silmarillion mini-series. I'd pictured Túrin as being a little stockier, if not bearded as Anke-Katrin Eiszmann has him, but I suppose the casting could work well. What do yew lal think?

[1] Ya happy now, angelislington? :-)



Apr. 20th, 2003 08:08 pm (UTC)

Adrien as Turin? Noooooooooooooooooo. He'd be more like Beleg, or maybe even Beren. (Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. :)

Of course, it could be that I don't like Turin very much, so I'm biased against him for my Adrien. *grins*
Apr. 20th, 2003 08:17 pm (UTC)
Dare I ask who might be seeking the role of Lúthien?

Hrm, Adrien Brody as a Sinda.
I wonder whether this knowledge should be considered dangerous and screened from my friend istari_ala. Oh, what the hey. Ala, wot saz you? :-)

Apr. 21st, 2003 12:45 am (UTC)
Re: Beleg
I say.. who?? Ackshully, I'm qvite impressed that that guy has managed to avoid being in any film I've ever watched.
(and the closest I got to watching the oscars was dreaming that me, Billy Boyd and Varnast were driving there through the pouring rain. Unfortunatly, Varn did knot teach Pippin the Uruk Hai song. Missed opportnity there, nesupuhthing?)

Apr. 21st, 2003 06:16 am (UTC)
Re: Beleg
just for a moment let's think of the Men... everyone spends their unearthly hours dreaming up casting choices for Elves! Tolkien fans... Elfists! grr.
Apr. 21st, 2003 07:13 am (UTC)
Re: Beleg
Hay, dknot knock them...
If it weren't for lal the Elf-fanciers, there'd be nobody (well, almost nobody) but the Dwarf-fanciers between us hobbits and the, er, squealing horde...


Apr. 21st, 2003 07:29 am (UTC)
Re: Beleg
Ackshully, I'm qvite impressed that that guy has managed to avoid being in any film I've ever watched.

Same here, mais, eople - most notably Neverwhere (angelislington) - keep singing his praises. I suppose I will wotch The Pianist or somethink he's been in evensherly.


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