If you’re a Netflix subscriber you’ve undoubtedly seen the company’s gradual specificity of their genre recommendations. It probably has something to do with integrating the algorithms of those companies who were lucky enough to win the two original contests to improve the company’s recommendation engine.
Recommendations have moved from days of stunning vagueness, the most basic of categorizations, to the ultra specific categories it divides films into today. “Gritty Drama.” “Violent Comedies.” CollegeHumor took Netflix’s ever increasing specifics and took it a step further. Okay, maybe a whole staircase forward.