On User Awareness in Model-Based Collaborative Filtering Systems

Loepp, B., & Ziegler, J. (2017). Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Awareness Interfaces and Interactions (AWARE ’17).


In this paper, we discuss several aspects that users are typically not fully aware of when using model-based Collaborative Filtering systems. For instance, the methods prevalently used in conventional recommenders infer abstract models that are opaque to users, making it difficult to understand the learned profile, and consequently, why certain items are recommended. Further, users are not able to keep an overview of the item space, and thus the alternatives that in principle could also be suggested. By summarizing our experiences on exploiting latent factor models for increasing control and transparency, we show that the respective techniques may also contribute to make users more aware of their preferences’ representation, the rationale behind the results, and further items of potential interest.


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