Comparing collaborative filtering methods based on user-topic ratings

Tieke He, Xingzhong Du, Weiqing Wang, Zhenyu Chen, Jia Liu

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User based collaborative filtering (CF) has been successfully applied into recommender system for years. The main idea of user based CF is to discover communities of users sharing similar interests. However, existing user based CF methods may be inaccurate due to the problem of data sparsity. One possible way to improve it is to append new data sources into user based CF. Tags which are added and generated by users is one of the new sources. In order to utilize tags effectively, user-topic based CF is proposed to extract features behind tags, assign them to topics, and measure users' preferences on these topics. In this paper, we conduct comparisons between two user-topic based CF methods based on different tag-topic relations. Both methods calculate user-topic preferences according to ratings of items and topic weights. Experiments are conducted on the data set of MovieLens. The results show that usertopic based CF method is better than user based CF both in computational efficiency and recommendation effect. The effects are significant especially when each tag belongs to multiple topics.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering 2013 - Boston, United States of America
Duration: 27 Jun 201329 Jun 2013
Conference number: 25th


ConferenceInternational Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering 2013
Abbreviated titleSEKE 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America


  • Collaborative filtering
  • Recommender systems
  • Tag
  • Topic model

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