Using self-defined group activities for improving recommendations in collaborative tagging systems
D. Lee, und P. Brusilovsky. Proceedings of the fourth ACM conference on Recommender systems, Seite 221--224. New York, NY, USA, ACM, (2010)
This paper aims to combine information about users' self-defined social connections with traditional collaborative filtering (CF) to improve recommendation quality. Specifically, in the following, the users' social connections in consideration were groups. Unlike other studies which utilized groups inferred by data mining technologies, we used the information about the groups in which each user explicitly participated. The group activities are centered on common interests. People join a group to share and acquire information about a topic as a form of community of interest or practice. The information of this group activity may be a good source of information for the members. We tested whether adding the information from the users' own groups or group members to the traditional CF-based recommendations can improve the recommendation quality or not. The information about groups was combined with CF using a mixed hybridization strategy. We evaluated our approach in two ways, using the Citeulike data set and a real user study.