User Profiling in Text-Based Recommender Systems Based on Distributed Word Representations

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Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 661)


We introduce a novel approach to constructing user profiles for recommender systems based on full-text items such as posts in a social network and implicit ratings (in the form of likes) that users give them. The profiles measure a user’s interest in various topics mined from the full texts of the items. As a result, we get a user profile that can be used for cold start recommendations for items, targeted advertisement, and other purposes. Our experiments show that the method performs on a level comparable with classical collaborative filtering algorithms while at the same time being a cold start approach, i.e., it does not use the likes of an item being recommended.


User profiling Recommender systems Distributed word representations 



This work was supported by the “Recommendation Systems with Automated User Profiling” project sponsored by Samsung and the Government of the Russian Federation grant 14.Z50.31.0030. We thank Dmitry Bugaichenko and the “Odnoklassniki” social network for providing us with the social network dataset with texts of posts and user likes and Alexander Panchenko and Nikolay Arefyev for the trained word2vec model along with its Russian-language training data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Steklov Mathematical Institute at St. PetersburgSt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.National Research University Higher School of EconomicsSt. PetersburgRussia
  3. 3.Deloitte Analytics InstituteMoscowRussia

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