Nail-biting finish for Netflix Prize

July 27, 2009
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30 days ago, BellKor Pragmatic Chaos submitted a prize-qualifying entry for the Netflix Prize. According to the rules, competitors had until today to submit a superior entry, and rivals The Ensemble met the challenge this morning with a new submission that rocketed them to the top of the leaderboard. BellKor appeared prepared for such a challenge, though, and submitted a tying entry with just 20 minutes to spare. But it seems The Ensemble faked them out: with just 4 minutes to go they submitted a new, better entry, leaving them in first place for the million-dollar prize. TechCrunch: By A…

30 days ago, BellKor Pragmatic Chaos submitted a prize-qualifying entry for the Netflix Prize. According to the rules, competitors had until today to submit a superior entry, and rivals The Ensemble met the challenge this morning with a new submission that rocketed them to the top of the leaderboard. BellKor appeared prepared for such a challenge, though, and submitted a tying entry with just 20 minutes to spare. But it seems The Ensemble faked them out: with just 4 minutes to go they submitted a new, better entry, leaving them in first place for the million-dollar prize.

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