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How Predictive Big Data Fails

Recommendations from big data predictive methods are a lot like the use of epidemiology to determine the cause of a disease: Both rely on the statistical analysis and correlation of massive amounts of data. Both are indicative that something is happening. Both can offer insights into a phenomenon. Both are easily derailed by unknown confounding […]

What Problems Does Tribes/Clans Solve & How?

The Tribes algorithm offers far more accurate recommendations than any other system in use for products and services “of personal taste” including (but not limited to): books, movies, wine, restaurants, cheese, beer, cocktails, and anything “Yelp-able.” Because wine is probably the most complicated product on the planet to recommend accurately, Tribes has been developed through […]

INCOMPATIBILITY: Profile Matching

A PERSONAL NOTE: My apologies in advance to a number of good friends and colleagues who are still trying to get wine profile systems to work. But, as you read on, my hands-on experience and further research leads me to believe that the system has inherent problems that will prevent it from reaching the potential […]

THE PROBLEM: Casino Recommendations

This is part of a series on flaws in current wine recommendation systems originally published at Wine Industry Insights: Genetics: Inherited Taste Chaos Sabotages How Wine Gets Recommended Scaling: 3/4 Of Wine In The US Has NEVER Been Rated By Critics Misinterpretation: Words: Big Trouble For Tasting Notes Inconsistency: Rating The Rating Systems Psychology: Vino-Anxiety, […]

MISINTERPRETATION: Words = Big Trouble

Words can mean different thing to different people. What does “complex” mean? Or “balanced?” “Big?” “Olive-tinged black currant?” “I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory,’ ” Alice said. Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. “Of course you don’t—till I tell you. I meant ‘there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!’ ” “But ‘glory’ doesn’t mean ‘a nice knock-down […]

INCONSISTENCY: Rating The Rating Systems

How you ask a question can determine the answer you get. The concept lies at the heart of journalists, scientists, those who interview job candidates, police detectives, opinion pollsters … and wine ratings. In many settings — especially those where the vino-cognoscenti gather — the question, “What did you think of that wine?,” will frequently […]