Programatically Selecting a Restaurant?

Posted by jcnnghm Tue, 13 Jan 2009 00:28:00 GMT

I’ve been working quite a bit on the BarsAnnapolis.com site lately.  We’ve been getting ready to launch a new website, similiar to that site, featuring Annapolis-area restaurants.  I finally completed the actual site-work today, it’s all set and ready to go.  Instead of displaying bar speacials, the site will attempt to infer and display the optimal place and the optimal dish to have right now.

Of particular interest was the algorithm to accomplish this.  I ended up weighing a whole host of things, including current weather conditions, temperature, time of day, and season, to come up with reasonable weights for each venue.  The results are interesting, and seem to be pretty accurate so far.