Just like EastEnders

Watching ‘The Passion’ on BBC iPlayer I was rather intrigued by the programmes suggested by the ‘More Like This’ feature… ‘The Worst Journey in the World’ makes some bizarre sense – but EastEnders?

Odd suggestions for things to watch...

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6 Responses to Just like EastEnders

  1. It’s because both programmes have involved someone coming from the grave in the last week.

    The difference is that one of them was dead, and the other one’s programme was dead boring.

  2. Dominic Self says:

    Well they’re both pretty unrealistic, surely?

  3. Chris says:

    That is a bit weird. But then I can’t bear that whole ‘if you liked that, you’ll like this…’/’stuff like this’ stuff on Amazon, Last FM &c &c.

    Perhaps I’m missing the social algorithm gene. Or I might just be contrary…

  4. Anne says:

    Dot Cotton is fond of quoting verses from the Bible – perhaps that’s the link between EastEnders and The Passion?

  5. marion says:

    As someone who watched said Eastenders episode on Iplayer whilst working (on a Bank Holiday too) the connection is obvious. They both involved betrayal, torture, incarceration underground and apparent rising from the dead. Simple!

  6. Rikki says:

    @Chris: Just out of interest, why don’t you like the recommendations? Collaborative filtering is pretty en vogue in computer science circles, hence its prevalence in such web applications.

    Clearly it’s not 100% effective, but it does a pretty good job of suggesting at least a few relevant items to most people. Hopefully it’ll become more effective as user modelling becomes finer grained, more focused and up to date.

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