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 Post subject: Amazon recommendation engine
PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:18 pm 
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We've discussed the occasionally odd recommendations it makes before.

I just added a book on the cultures of Micronesia to my wish list.

The recommendation engine is now recommending slews of books on teenage psychotherapy.

Go figure.

It's admittedly not as strange as requesting a book on Hirohito and being hit by a recommendation for a book on breast reduction surgery. But close.


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 Post subject: Re: Amazon recommendation engine
PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:11 pm 
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You sometimes see similary things on LibraryThing. As near as I can tell, if you have an unusual book (one not shared by many others), the others' libraries heavily influence what is recommended to you. In this case it would be some psychotherapist who also has an interest in Micronesia.


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 Post subject: Re: Amazon recommendation engine
PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:15 pm 
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Perhaps there has been a rash of cases of clinically depressed teenagers who are obsessed with Micronesia.

Or even just one, if there's a book about it somewhere.

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 Post subject: Re: Amazon recommendation engine
PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:42 pm 
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Well, Set, the book I put on my list has been out of print long enough that there's no cover image, so I consider your hypothesis highly plausible.

Still doesn't explain the Hirohito/breast reduction surgery connection. The Hirohito book was a recent bestseller. Maybe it's breast reduction that was the low-statistics title. You hear a lot more about breast augmentation (like this story.)


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 Post subject: Re: Amazon recommendation engine
PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:04 am 
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It always annoys me that secondary sex characteristics are an involuntary turn-on. It's the way it's supposed to be, I imagine. The same thing happens in the animal world; female fish that prefer brightly colored males will attempt to mate with artificial lures that are more colorful than any natural male, and male moths that prefer darker females attempt to mate with construction painted jet black in preference to actual moths. It's pretty humbling to find myself in the same category with moths and fish, though.


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 Post subject: Re: Amazon recommendation engine
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 Post subject: Re: Amazon recommendation engine
PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:22 pm 
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setnahkt wrote:
It always annoys me that secondary sex characteristics are an involuntary turn-on. It's the way it's supposed to be, I imagine. The same thing happens in the animal world; female fish that prefer brightly colored males will attempt to mate with artificial lures that are more colorful than any natural male, and male moths that prefer darker females attempt to mate with construction painted jet black in preference to actual moths. It's pretty humbling to find myself in the same category with moths and fish, though.


I mostly agree with you, Set. My commitment to sexual self-control requires considerable willpower at times.

Miss National Strategic Silicone Reserve has got to be the first augmented female whose chest I would definitely not care to see more of.


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 Post subject: Re: Amazon recommendation engine
PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:25 pm 
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I think that publishers can buy their way up the recommendation engine's list.

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 Post subject: Re: Amazon recommendation engine
PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 8:44 pm 
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Suggested for me: Why?? Actually I got Benjamin Button for my SO. She saw the movie twice and wanted to read the story. I found the movie a little boring and did not read any of the Scott Fitzgerald short stories that I downloaded for 99 cents.
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The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death
by Laurie Notaro (Jun 24, 2008)
Average Customer Review: (55)
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Recommended because you purchased The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


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 Post subject: Re: Amazon recommendation engine
PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 4:58 pm 
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Book purchased:

2006 International Plumbing Code and Commentary

Based on that purchase, book recommended by Amazon:

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

I suppose if you did a really bad plumbing job, you might need that, but still...


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