That was a great film. Are there any more like it?

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I would like to be able to plug in a movie title and get a list of 'similar' movies; similar in genre, 'feel', period, whatever. Netflix does something like it when you search for a movie. Is it here already?

(I couldn't get Getsatisfaction to work for me at all; couldn't even find IMDB!)
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Re: "I couldn't get GS to work for me..."

What does that mean? You're on GS now and it seems to be working fine.

Re: "couldn't find IMDb"

It's at IMDb.com.

Re: recommendations

IMDb does this. You should see under a film's poster, "people who like this, also like..." and some recommended titles.

Also, using search, you could search the keywords for what you liked about the film and see a list of films with the same same keywords. I've used that many times. At the search box, change "all" to "advanced search," then select "Advanced Title Search."
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Thanks for the info, Bluesman. But:

'You're on GS now ...' My screen says IMDB up there ...

'It's at IMDB.com.' IMDB sends me to GS to post; then, I couldn't find IMDB at GS.

What is a 'film's poster', please? (I'll look.)
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I guess you're right; I managed to post. But I don't remember how I got there (here).
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This website we're chatting on is GetSatisfaction.com. It serves as the customer service area for many websites. IMDb.com is one of them. So, to enter the GS site's page dedicated to IMDb, the adddress is GetSatisfaction.com/imdb.

From the main site, IMDb you usually get here by clicking a link.

On IMDb, if you go to a page for a film, say Star Wars, there is, near tbe top, a picture of the movie poster or dvd box art, etc. Under that it'll say "people who liked this also liked..." then sbow related titles.
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I agree. As I've said a few times now, I think we need an underlying recommendation engine, which allows people to finetune the recommendations by altering the inputs and filtering/sorting the output.

You could, for example, enter a list ID and get a list of similar films, you could adjust by genre, add a film and find out what else there is like that, generate recommendations from your ratings, etc.

You could have this as a central script and link into it from all the relevant areas (from lists, ratings, movies, etc.).

I'm pretty sure the technical folks at Amazon could come up with some pretty useful suggestions on the algorithms to get things started.
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This is how "Recommended for You" on the home page mostly works using Amazon technology. Is there more to your suggestion beyond giving more direct control over the inputs and adding filters to the outputs?

The recommendations from lists is a good idea and we can pass that along to the appropriate team, thanks.

The same algorithm drives the "People who liked this also liked ..." section on the IMDb title pages.
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Thanks for the explanation and welcome to GetSatisfaction (OK you've been signed up for a while but this is your first post).

It'd certainly be very interesting to be able to have direct access to the recommendations engine, as the recommended for you often seems to get "stuck" on a small handful of films, often doling out repeated recommendations based on one film in my Watchlist (which may not be something I'm very interested in but I just jammed on the list as one to possibly watch somewhere down the line - the ratings one is more useful but it also brings up recommendations which I've rated, which is amusingly circular) and it doesn't seem to exclude films I've rated:




The lack of filtering (to exclude ratings) and controls over the inputs means I tend to give up quite quickly on this.

The same for the "People who liked this also liked" is sometimes more useful (as you are clearly controlling the input of the film, but again I sometimes find I've watched and rated every film on there. I know you need this to be a more static panel to reduce the load on the servers, but a handy link through to the centralised recommendations engine (with the film staying as the input), with the ability to filter the results would be great.

Is there more to your suggestion beyond giving more direct control over the inputs and adding filters to the outputs?


As you are already driving these from a centralised algorithm (which is good to know), I think the bulk of my suggestion would indeed be to give more direct access to this (like the search), with links in from the recommendations panels and from places like lists, especially if you were to add a recommendations panel to lists - passing the variables over and then giving people the ability to filter and sort the output, as well as start over with new inputs. This would make the system significantly more useful. All the hard work seems to have been done getting the backend running, so what is needed is a web page to allow access to it, presumably something similar to the advanced search pages, but with the list-like filtering options that the search results are currently missing:

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...

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Also the "no" button is handy and I assume this is stored centrally which would fit with suggestions that have come up to have a "not interested" function:

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...

If this was brought together as a "not interested" list which could then be added to like normal lists and could then be used to exclude recommendations (as it presumably already is) as well as search results.

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Thanks for listening/reading.

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