What do you think of YouTube's video suggestion algorithm?

by WF- Enzo Administrator
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Fire up YouTube, and you will be shown video suggestions apart from the channels you subscribed to. Some suggestions might be related to your interests, or may be trending videos, while others are unrelated at all. YouTube's goal after all, is to provide users with high-quality video recommendations.

Now, in 2016 Google changed the YouTube algorithm made by Deep Mind which uses deep learning neural networks to provide user recommendations.

I find some of these recommendations, however, to be intrusive. I mean, why should I watch the video of a beauty pageant winner? Am I supposed to only see videos from my subscribed channels?

What do you think?
#algorithm #suggestion #video #youtube
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  • Profile picture of the author savidge4
    Originally Posted by WF- Enzo View Post

    Fire up YouTube, and you will be shown video suggestions apart from the channels you subscribed to. Some suggestions might be related to your interests, or may be trending videos, while others are unrelated at all. YouTube's goal after all, is to provide users with high-quality video recommendations.

    Now, in 2016 Google changed the YouTube algorithm made by Deep Mind which uses deep learning neural networks to provide user recommendations.

    I find some of these recommendations, however, to be intrusive. I mean, why should I watch the video of a beauty pageant winner? Am I supposed to only see videos from my subscribed channels?

    What do you think?
    You have to remember who the parent company is ( Google ) and with that for me there is an understanding that based on profile and use and lord knows what else - as much as we may think these suggestions suck.. think of YOU as a "demographic": Male assuming 20 something - and look at the suggestions again.

    Me being 50 something I don't have the pleasure of having links to Beauty Pageants - I get reviews for retirement homes ( only kidding ) well only kidding about the Retirement home links.. but honestly I don't have Beauty Pageant Links.

    *** The other thing to consider is that maybe your computer / YouTube account is used by someone else? ( Wife, GF, Daughter, ugh Son lol )
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  • Profile picture of the author jf101
    I think a lot of people miss the old 'related videos' section - I probably found more new content back then, although the current suggested videos section is generally pretty accurate for recommending things I'll like.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anna Athan
    There was a time where I could spend hours on Youtube watching videos that interest me through recommendation... now Youtube recommends random things as you said. It is hard to find something I like.

    It seems like they push channels they want to promote and not what I want to watch.
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  • Profile picture of the author troy23
    In terms of adding new videos to YouTube, the suggestion algorithm works well enough for me.
    It's not worth relying on this alone.
    Ultimately the content of a video will determine whether anyone watches it.
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