If you have Netflix, you probably know about its bizarrely specific genre categorization system. “British set in Europe Sci-Fi & Fantasy from the 1960s,” “Spy Action & Adventure from the 1930s,” and “Time Travel Movies starring William Hartnell” are a few real categories, to give just a taste. Alexis Madrigal at The Atlantic took it upon himself to figure out exactly how Netflix’s system works, and ended up reverse-engineering it with the help of a simple content-scraping script. Above are his counts for how many genre categories use different adjectives; “romantic,” “classic,” and “dark” genres show up a lot, even more-so than “critically acclaimed”.
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