Extracting and Exploiting Topics of Interests from Social Tagging Systems

  • Felice Ferrara
  • Carlo Tasso
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6943)


Users of social tagging systems spontaneously annotate resources providing, in this way, useful information about their interests. A collaborative filtering recommender system can use this feedback in order to identify people and resources more strictly related to a specific topic of interest. Such a collaborative filtering approach can compute similarities among tags in order to select resources associated to tags relevant for a specific interest of the user. Several research works try to infer these similarities by evaluating co-occurrences of tags over the entire set of annotated resources discarding, in this way, information about the personal classification provided by users.

This paper, on the other hand, proposes an approach aimed at observing only the set of annotations of a single user in order to identify his topic of interests and to produce personalized recommendations. More specifically, following the idea that each user may have several distinct interests and people may share just some of these interests, our approach adaptively filters and combines the feedback of users according to a specific topic of interest of a user.


Recommender systems collaborative filtering social tagging adaptive personalization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Felice Ferrara
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  • Carlo Tasso
    • 1
  1. 1.University of UdineUdineItaly

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