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27 May 2008 @ 05:43 pm
Please take my survey (and spread the word!)  

Sorry if this is a bit OT, but a LJ community like elitedebate will help round-out my survey!

I’m curious about “recommendation engines”, the systems that enable Amazon and NetFlix to make recommendations like “People who bought _____ also bought ____”. I’m conducting experiments to build such a system. To do that, I need raw data. Would you help me by filling out my survey?

Click HERE to take the survey NOW (U.S. citizens only).

I’m doing this in my spare time as a hobby. I am a computer system administrator and author but this is a side-project. I’ll keep the data private and secure. I’m not collecting names or email addresses thus the data is useless to marketing companies and spammers. There is a link to a privacy policy on the survey.

All that I ask is that you answer the questions honestly.

For best results, I need to collect information from at least 10,000 people of a large variety of political, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds. Since most of my friends are in a similar political leaning, I really need help finding people outside my social circle to fill out the survey. If you could spread the word (blogs, etc.) between now and the end of June (I’m shutting off the survey on July 1, 2008).

Thanks!

Click HERE to take the survey NOW (U.S. citizens only).