Predicting Users’ Preference from Tag Relevance

  • Tien T. Nguyen
  • John Riedl
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7899)


Tagging has become a powerful means for users to find, organize, understand and express their ideas about online entities. However, tags present great challenges when researchers try to incorporate them into the prediction task of recommender systems. In this paper, we propose a novel approach to infer user preference from tag relevance, an indication of how strong each tag applies to each item in recommender systems. We also present a methodology to choose tags that tell most about each user’s preference. Our preliminary results show that at certain levels, some of our algorithms perform better than previous work.


algorithms recommender system mutual information tag relevance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tien T. Nguyen
    • 1
  • John Riedl
    • 1
  1. 1.GroupLens Research, Computer Science and EngineeringUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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