commendo research & consulting began as theBigChaos team in the Netflix Prize competition among 51,000 teams from 186 countries. BigChaos was Progress Prize Winner 2008 as well as Netflix Grand Prize Winner.
Netflix Grand Prize Winner
On September 21, 2009 Netflix officially announced the combined team "BellKor's Pragmatic Chaos" (BigChaos, BellKor and PragmaticTheory) as winner of the Netflix Grand Prize. Team commendo, together with scientists of AT&T Research, Yahoo! and Pragmatic Theory, came out as winner in this highly remunerated competition (1,000,000 USD)!
Progress Prize Winner 2008
In late 2008, the combined team of BellKor together with BigChaos attained great success. The commendo team and scientists of AT&T Research scooped the Progress Prize and 50,000 USD!
The competition (2006-2009)
The Netflix Prize was a competition sponsored by the world's largest online DVD and BluRay Disc rental service, Netflix.com, to make the Netflix' recommender system more efficient by 10 %.
BigChaos, now commendo, finished far in front of many well-known companies and universities. The team successfully applied its wide knowledge in the fields of recommender systems, optimally combined algorithms, and machine learning.
Team BigChaos was founded by Andreas Töscher and Michael Jahrer in 2006. At the beginning of 2008 Michael Schrotter and Georg Preßler joined the team.