Slave to the algorithm
You may recall that late last week we told you that several teams of data crunchers were gathered together in London by record company EMI, plied with free beer and pizza and asked to come up with a hit-predicting algorithm.
In the end a whopping 138 teams presented results, the clear victors being Shanghai-based Shanda Innovations, whose winning algorithm will be made public shortly for those wishing to vet new releases.
Other stunning facts dished up during the stats-fest included the conclusion that when it came to talking about music, women were largely more positive than men, and retired people tended to rate new songs higher compared to students and unemployed people, who were the lowest scorers of all.
Source: The Guardian