2017-03-24Konferenzveröffentlichung DOI: 10.18452/1441
Stereotype and Most-Popular Recommendations in the Digital Library Sowiport
Stereotype and most-popular recommendations are widely neglected in the research-paper recommender system and digital-library community. In other domains such as movie recommendations and hotel search, however, these recommendation approaches have proven their effectiveness. We were interested to find out how stereotype and most-popular recommendations would perform in the scenario of a digital library. Therefore, we implemented the two approaches in the recommender system of GESIS’ digital library Sowiport, in cooperation with the recommendations-as-a-service provider Mr. DLib. We measured the effectiveness of most-popular and stereotype recommendations with click-through rate (CTR) based on 28 million delivered recommendations. Most-popular recommendations achieved a CTR of 0.11%, and stereotype recommendations achieved a CTR of 0.124%. Compared to a “random recommendations” baseline (CTR 0.12%), and a content based filtering baseline (CTR 0.145%), the results are discouraging. However, for reasons explained in the paper, we concluded that more research is necessary about the effectiveness of stereotype and most-popular recommendations in digital libraries.
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