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|prag·matic (prag mat′ik)
1. matter-of-fact, pragmatic, pragmatical
concerned with practical matters; "a matter-of-fact (or pragmatic) approach to the problem"; "a matter-of-fact account of the trip"
2. hardheaded, hard-nosed, practical, pragmatic
3. pragmatic, pragmatical
The theory behind team Pragmatic Theory is that we don't have a theory. We don't have any preconceived notions that a certain approach is better than another. We will literally try anything and everything... and this approach has not let us down so far.
As described in this New-York Times Magazine article, team Pragmatic Theory consists of Martin Piotte, 43, electrical engineer, and Martin Chabbert, 32, software engineer, both located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Neither of us has a formal academic background in either machine learning or mathematics. We both work full time as computer engineers (at the same company) in the field of telecommunications.
We took an interest in the netflix challenge when a colleague pointed us to an article in wired magazine in March 2008. Since then, we have been working on this in our spare time (which is unfortunately rather limited).
On September 21st 2009, Netflix officially announced that we were the winners of the Netflix Grand Prize. Coverage of the event can be seen in the NY Times, Business Week, Wired, and many more. Another interesting article in Wired that gives a bit of information on our solution. Local media here in Montreal have also covered the story: The Gazette and Cyberpresse.
Netflix has also released "The Pragmatic Theory solution to the Netflix Grand Prize".
Please consult our blog for some random thoughts and ramblings about this contest. We are (still) trying to keep it as active and entertaining as possible. As always, comments are welcome... Enjoy!