Phil Smith

Innovative Book Recommendations

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Often book recommendations are predictable. ‘You love Lord of the Rings? You’ll love Game of Thrones.’ Wrong! What if there’s more nuance to taste than merely genre?

It turns out there is more nuance. Working with a data wizard we pulled book reviews from Goodreads. Who are all of the people that gave 5 stars to Lord of the Rings and 1 star to Game of Thrones? What did those people love?

The results are surprising indeed! (And how about that Out BS! book cover?! 😂) These three recommendations are real, based on people with similar taste. We proved the concept. Now we only need recommendations automatically instead of manually working with all this data. 😁

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