Netflix recommendations

Microsoft / Eng Tier 1
Aug 9, 2018 11 Comments

It seems like Netflix recommendations are based on predicting the probability I’ll rate 👍🏻, given that I’ll actually rate a title.

It seems that Netflix is not considering the chance that I watch the title to begin with.

I had taken a break for a year or so of Netflix, and subscribed again with my old account. All these recommendations are terrible.

No you shouldn’t have 90%+ confidence that I’m interested in Barbie.

And what’s with some titles not showing a prediction at all?

Why not come up with a list of titles that I could rate that would help train recommendations for me? You could even try to predict which titles I’ve already seen outside the Netflix platform. Or nag me to rate titles that you already know I’ve seen.

Liking Pokémon Indigo league shouldn’t mean I’m interested in “kids tv”. It’s a millennial classic.


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TOP 11 Comments
  • / Eng Pssh!
    Previously, Netflix recommendations were much better... but what do I know... A/B testing is the king here!
    Aug 9, 2018 3
    • Roku Starbuk
      The new algorithm resulted in more time spent on site. You know...because people had to spend forever looking for something interesting.
      Aug 10, 2018
    • Netflix orWf36
      Not my area at all, but I’d guess it resulted in more streaming hour not just “time on site”
      Aug 10, 2018
    • Roku Starbuk
      It was a joke....
      Aug 10, 2018
  • Netflix Atomicrobo
    There are plenty of articles out there that discuss our algorithms and how we make recommends:
    Aug 10, 2018 0
  • Microsoft *cW2x91p
    If it knows you live in Bellevue it will recommend nothing but Bollywood movies. Might be a bug.
    Aug 9, 2018 0
  • Northrop Grumman / Eng 6'5Merican
    Matrix completion FTW. The algo is always right, don't lie, you loved Barbie.
    Aug 10, 2018 0
  • eBay eyxitsjtj
    “Millenials are now responsible for screwing up Netflix recommendation algorithm.”
    Aug 9, 2018 0
  • Ellation / Eng 🐉⚡️
    Wow time for a nostalgia trip and watch Pokemon Indigo League. Thanks OP.
    Aug 10, 2018 0
  • Microsoft


    Why don’t you go interview and then fix it. Also would result in a higher TC. Win win
    Aug 9, 2018 0
  • Roku Starbuk
    Oh you millennials
    Aug 9, 2018 0