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Improving New User Recommendations with Rule-based Induction on Cold User Data

Abstract : With recommender systems, users receive items recommended on the basis of their profile. New users experience the cold start problem: as their profile is very poor, the system performs very poorly. In this paper, classical new user cold start techniques are improved by exploiting the cold user data, i.e. the user data that is readily available (e.g. age, occupation, location, etc.), in order to automatically associate the new user with a better first profile. Relying on the existing alpha-community spaces model, a rule-based induction process is used and a recommendation process based on the "level of agreement" principle is defined. The experiments show that the quality of recommendations compares to that obtained after a classical new user technique, while the new user effort is smaller as no initial ratings are asked.
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An-Te Nguyen, Nathalie Denos, Catherine Berrut. Improving New User Recommendations with Rule-based Induction on Cold User Data. ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys'07), 2007, Minneapolis, MN, United States. pp.121--128. ⟨hal-00953877⟩

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