Thursday, September 27, 2007

How weird is customer 2439493?

Remember the 5 raters who rated more than 10,000 movies each? It is important to know whether their opinions are similar to those of less prolific raters because for rarely-rated movies, theirs may be the only opinion we have to work with.

Here is the distribution of 2439493's ratings:


Customer 2439493 rated 16,565 movies and hated 15,024 of them! If he is an actual human, why does he watch so many movies if he dislikes them so much? If he actually watched all the movies and if the average running time was 1.5 hours, then he spent 22,536 hours watching movies he hated. If he did it as a full-time job, it would take him about 8 years.

This customer did like 334 movies (about 2%) well enough to give them a five. Other than a fondness for Christmas and Santa themed movies, it is hard to discern what his favorites have in common. Here is a partial listing:
    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Jingle All the Way
  • The Santa Clause 2
  • The Santa Clause
  • Back to the Future Part III
  • Frosty's Winter Wonderland / Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • Sleeping Beauty: Special Edition
  • Jack Frost
  • The Princess Diaries (Fullscreen)
  • The Little Princess
  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Passion of the Christ
  • Ernest Saves Christmas
  • Bambi: Platinum Edition
  • New York Firefighters: The Brotherhood of 9/11
  • Left Behind: World at War
  • The Year Without a Santa Claus
  • Miss Congeniality
  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation: Special Edition
  • Groundhog Day
  • Maid in Manhattan
  • Jesus of Nazareth
  • The Sound of Music
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Mary Poppins
  • The Brave Little Toaster
  • The Grinch
This guy rated 16,565 movies and Miss Congeniality and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation both made the top 2%! Representative? I hope not.

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