In my previous post about the Netflix Prize, I said that two teams had met the Netflix criteria and the race was too close to call. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has just today announced a winner: The BellKor Pragmatic Chaos team won out over The Ensemble for the $1 million prize. Hastings said:
Teams that had previously battled it out independently joined forces to surpass the 10% barrier.
BellKor improved predictions for what movies people will like by 10.6 percent; so did The Ensemble, but BellKor submitted its final entry about 10 minutes before The Ensemble.