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CS undergrad alumni are strong contenders for NetFlix Prize

Two graduates of Princeton CS, Lester Mackey and David Weiss, were on a leading team for the $1M NetFlix competition. The goal of the competition is to significantly improve on NetFlix's algorithm for recommending movies to their users. Lester and David's solution employs modern machine learning methods, and they began working on this problem in 2007 while taking COS424:Interacting with Data with Professors Robert Schapire and David Blei.

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