XploDiv: Diversification Approach for Recommender Systems
Ramos, Angela Carrillo
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Barraza-Urbina, Andrea; Heitmann, Benjamin; Hayes, Conor; Ramos, Angela Carrillo; (2015) XploDiv: Diversification Approach for Recommender Systems. Galway, Ireland: Technical Publication
Recommender Systems have emerged to guide users in the task of efficiently browsing/exploring a large product space, helping users to quickly identify interesting products. However, suggestions generated with traditional Recommender Systems usually do not produce diverse results, though it has been argued that diversity is a desirable feature. The study of diversity aware Recommender Systems has become an important research challenge in recent years, drawing inspiration from diversification solutions for Information Retrieval. However, we argue it is not enough to adapt Information Retrieval techniques towards Recommender Systems, as they do not place the necessary importance to factors such as serendipity, novelty and discovery which are imperative to Recommender Systems. In this report, we propose a diversification technique for Recommender Systems that generates a diversified list of results which not only balances the trade-off between quality (in terms of accuracy) and diversity, but also considers the trade-off between exploitation of the user profile and exploration of novel products. Our experimental evaluation, composed of both qualitative and quantitative tests, shows that the proposed approach has comparable results to state of the art approaches. Moreover, through control parameters, our approach can be tuned towards more explorative or exploitative recommendations.