mattnyc99 writes: Acclaimed math geek Garth Sundem has attempted to create an algorithm for manly movies over at Esquire.com, and the results are both surprising and illustrative of how math can't always account for taste: Two Godfathers comes in the top 10, but so do American Beauty and Gandhi. From the article: "His formula... takes into account both critic and audience scores (so the everyman counts); the Google returns for a title's association with "greatest"; genre (anything along the gritty continuum is good; musicals are not); whether a character dies (a little morbid, but an important indicator nonetheless); extra wins for awe-inspiring visual effects and lead male performances (bonuses for Brando, Bogart, and the like), and memorable quotes." What do you think? Should we be making math account for culture? Link to Original Source
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