Netflix, Dark Knowledge, and Why Simpler Can Be Better
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4 years ago
Netflix, Dark Knowledge, and Why Simpler Can Be Better


Weary from an all-night coding effort, and rushed by the looming 6:42PM deadline, Lester Mackey searched franticly for the proper prediction file to submit. Lester was a member of “The Ensemble”—a large coalition of data scientists who had joined forces late in the great Netflix challenge, after a grand prize of $1 Million — not to mention substantial prestige in the data science community. After 2 years of effort and frequent lead changes (lately, mostly with rival mash-up team “Belkor’s Pragmatic Chaos”), Lester’s team looked to have finally achieved its goal….

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