Recommendations on Go Set a Watchman?
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Algorithms fail because it's basically "people who keep up with 'current' books."
Here's what we have now: http://www.librarything.com/work/15706335/recommendations
Or maybe that is the answer. I don't think most of its readers want to go deep on, say, 1950s fiction touching similar topics. Other "event" books? Books mostly about Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird?
Not sure it really needs to be corrected, people reading with a preference for the bleeding edge of published books, or for social fodder is a thing, and hopefully as the buzz dies down the books that have any enduring appeal will increasingly be picked for their intrinsic traits, or trickle down better or worse among different tribes of readers, and recs shift accordingly.
I'm with Petroglyph on this one: wait until the data can be compiled. Why, apart from celebrity / headlines, are you looking to get a recommendation now that's any different from what LT is able to provide using the current algorithm?
Yeah, but the data is going to be people who read hot books. We see this with other hot, current fiction. I mean, Gone Girl ( https://www.librarything.com/work/11234211/recommendations ) is no better.
Considering the extensive information available in published reviews and discussion of the book (see, for instance, today's New York Times), I'd say rational recommendations are certainly possible.
The Guardian also features actress Reese Witherspoon reading the first chapter aloud in an audio clip:
Readers are then asked to comment on The Guardian website with their reactions to the book so far.
Yes, people who keep up with recent books are the current input for whatever algorithms generate the recommendations, and the results will likely be of use to precisely those people. I don't see how this means that the algorithms have "failed", as you put it in >1 timspalding:. Once a more diverse group of members actually starts cataloguing the book, won't the recommendations shift accordingly?
Are you expecting the recommendations for this book to not change over time? Would you want the current recommendations to reflect the situation two months from now? What do you expect to see in the recommendations that is not showing up there now? I honestly don't understand the problem here.
What do you mean with "rational recommendations"? What is irrational about the current ones?
You know I've done recommendation engines for a living. Don't worry about the once-in-a-decade publishing (if not longer) event when you're tweaking them. Seriously, don't.
This is an edge case. But popular fiction is not. It's the hardest one.