Introducing Context into Recommender Systems

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In this paper, we give an overview of our work to investigate the integration of context into different kind of recommender systems. Context adds an additional another dimension to the user-item data model of recommender system and can be utilized in different ways during contentbased or collaborative recommendation processes. We give several application examples we are working on to apply contextual recommenders in real world scenarios.

How to evaluate Recommender Systems – Carlos Pinela – Medium


We have seen a variety of Recommender Systems. But we left an important issue aside: How do we evaluate RecSys? Before answering that question per se, I want to make emphasys on something. Using just one error metric can give us a limited view of how these systems work. We should always try to evaluate with different methods our models, almost as picky as your ex, but prorizing quick iteration with the lowest cost possible.

A Fairness-aware Hybrid Recommender System Machine Learning

Recommender systems are used in variety of domains affecting people's lives. This has raised concerns about possible biases and discrimination that such systems might exacerbate. There are two primary kinds of biases inherent in recommender systems: observation bias and bias stemming from imbalanced data. Observation bias exists due to a feedback loop which causes the model to learn to only predict recommendations similar to previous ones. Imbalance in data occurs when systematic societal, historical, or other ambient bias is present in the data. In this paper, we address both biases by proposing a hybrid fairness-aware recommender system. Our model provides efficient and accurate recommendations by incorporating multiple user-user and item-item similarity measures, content, and demographic information, while addressing recommendation biases. We implement our model using a powerful and expressive probabilistic programming language called probabilistic soft logic. We experimentally evaluate our approach on a popular movie recommendation dataset, showing that our proposed model can provide more accurate and fairer recommendations, compared to a state-of-the art fair recommender system.

Happy Movie: A Group Recommender Application in Facebook

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In this paper we introduce our recommender Happy Movie, a Facebook application for movie recommendation to groups. This system exploits information about the social relationships and behaviour of the users to provide better recommendations. Our previous works have shown that social factors improve the recommendation results. However it required many questionnaires to be filled for obtaining the social information, so we have moved to a social network environment where this information is easily available.


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The goal of rating-based recommender systems is to make personalized predictions and recommendations for individual users by leveraging the preferences of a community of users with respect to a collection of items like songs or movies. Recommender systems are often based on intricate statistical models that are estimated from data sets containing a very high proportion of missing ratings. This work describes evidence of a basic incompatibility between the properties of recommender system data sets and the assumptions required for valid estimation and evaluation of statistical models in the presence of missing data. We discuss the implications of this problem and describe extended modelling and evaluation frameworks that attempt to circumvent it. We present prediction and ranking results showing that models developed and tested under these extended frameworks can significantly outperform standard models.