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Taxonomy Based Personalized News Recommendation: Novelty and Diversity

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Recommender systems are designed to help users quickly access large volumes of information according to their profiles. Most previous works in recommender systems have put their emphasis on the accuracy of finding the most similar items according to a user’s profile, while often ignoring other aspects that may affect users’ experiences in practice, e.g., the novelty and diversity issues within a recommendation list. In this paper, we focus on utilizing taxonomic knowledge extracted from an online encyclopedia to boost a content-based personalized news recommender system without much human involvement. Given a recommendation list, we improve a user’s satisfaction by introducing the taxonomy based novelty and diversity metrics to include novel, but potentially related items into the list, and filter out redundant ones. The experimental results show that the coarse grained knowledge resources can help a content-based news recommender system provides accurate as well as user-oriented recommendations.


  • Personalized Recommender System
  • Novelty and Diversity
  • Taxonomy
  • Online Encyclopedia

This work is partially supported by the 863 Program (No. 2012AA011101) and the Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61272344 and 61202233). Any question please refer to

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Rao, J., Jia, A., Feng, Y., Zhao, D. (2013). Taxonomy Based Personalized News Recommendation: Novelty and Diversity. In: Lin, X., Manolopoulos, Y., Srivastava, D., Huang, G. (eds) Web Information Systems Engineering – WISE 2013. WISE 2013. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 8180. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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