Recommender Systems suggest items that are likely to be the most interesting for users, based on the feedback, i.e. ratings, they provided on items already experienced in the past. Time-aware Recommender Systems (TARS) focus on temporal context of ratings in order to track the evolution of user preferences and to adapt suggestions accordingly. In fact, some people's interests tend to persist for a long time, while others change more quickly, because they might be related to volatile information needs. In this paper, we focus on the problem of building an effective profile for short-term preferences. A simple approach is to learn the short-term model from the most recent ratings, discarding older data. It is based on the assumption that the more recent the data is, the more it contributes to find items the user will shortly be interested in. We propose an improvement of this classical model, which tracks the evolution of user interests by exploiting the content of the items, besides time information on ratings. When a new item-rating pair comes, the replacement of an older one is performed by taking into account both a decay function for user interests and content similarity between items, computed by distributional semantics models. Experimental results confirm the effectiveness of the proposed approach.
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|Titolo:||Modeling Short-Term Preferences in Time-Aware Recommender Systems|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||4.1 Contributo in Atti di convegno|