Hydra: A Hybrid Recommender System [Cross-Linked Rating and Content Information]

AutorStephan Spiegel, Jérôme Kunegis, Fang Li
QuelleWorkshop on Complex Networks in Information and Knowledge Management (CNIKM'09) 
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This paper discusses the combination of collaborative and content-based filtering in the context of web-based recommender systems. In particular, we link the well-known MovieLens rating data with supplementary IMDB content information. The resulting network of user-item relations and associated content features is converted into a unified mathematical model, which is applicable to our underlying neighbor-based prediction algorithm. By means of various experiments, we demonstrate the influence of supplementary user as well as item features on the prediction accuracy of Hydra, our proposed hybrid recommender. In order to decrease system runtime and to reveal latent user and item relations, we factorize our hybrid model via singular value decomposition (SVD).