***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** For those of you interested in LARGE data sets, particularly those that looked at the IMDB for Sunbelt 2006 .... Netflix has offered an award of $1,000,000 to the person(s) "who can improve the accuracy of movie recommendations based on personal preferences." From The New York Times article yesterday .... "To win the prize, which is to be announced today, a contestant will have to devise a system that is more accurate than the company’s current recommendation system by at least 10 percent. And to improve the quality of research, Netflix is making available to the public 100 million of its customers’ movie ratings, a database the company says is the largest of its kind ever released." Check out the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/02/technology/02netflix.html? _r=1&oref=slogin Anyone up for a challenge? SW _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.