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Movie vs Movie: How much do we like things?

We're finally having our next meetup!


What are your top ten favorite movies of all time? This is a very difficult question. But why? Irmak Sirer explains the challenges of measuring how much we like movies, books, songs, or products; combining insights from diverse sources like the Netflix Prize, Duncan Watts' social experiments, or the beginnings of Facebook. The better we get at measuring and ranking levels of enjoyment, the better we can customize websites, sort search results, find other people with similar tastes, and recommend products, so can we overcome these challenges? Drumroll... Yes, we can.

Irmak is a partner and data scientist at Datascope Analytics, where he has helped companies across industries solve problems with data, from small companies to members of the Fortune 50. He also conducted and published academic research on a wide range of topics, including student choices in public schools, web browsing behavior of masses, global airline networks, species conservation in ecology, language topic models, and optimizing DNA sequences for high gene expression among others. Technically, Irmak is a Material Scientist (BS and MS, Sabanci University, Turkey), Chemical and Biological Engineer (MS and PhD, Northwestern University) and an Art Historian (Minor, Sabanci University). Practically, he believes in merging knowledge from different disciplines to ask and answer the right questions. When he is not striving for this, he believes in movies, bourbon, and Elliott Smith.

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  • Kristi A.

    Great meetup! Can't wait for the next one!

    February 6, 2014

  • Paula

    sorry that I cannot get off work early today. If there are slides or videos available, that would be helpful!

    February 6, 2014

  • John C.

    Sorry I'm not able to make it tonight. I'd love to see a soft copy of the presentation if possible.

    February 6, 2014

  • Audrey H.

    Too cold to wait around for public transportation. I was hoping temps would moderate a bit. Maybe next time.

    February 6, 2014

  • Dhaval P.

    Are slides/videos going to be available to catch up later on? I don't think I will be able to join tonight's meetup.

    February 6, 2014

  • Curt W.

    I joined the group because I'm in Chicago from time to time. Regret that I can't attend tonight's meetup. Recently created a blog post that might interest some in the group...
    "Handicapping Passengers on the Unsinkable Ship"

    February 6, 2014

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