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Assessing regret-based preference elicitation with the UTPREF recommendation system

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Assessing regret-based preference elicitation with the UTPREF recommendation system
Product recommendation and decision support systems must generally develop a model of user preferences by querying or otherwise interacting with a user. Recent approaches to elicitation using minimax regret have proven to be very powerful in simulation. In this work, we test both the effectiveness of regret-based elicitation, and user comprehension and acceptance of minimax regret in user studies. We report on a study involving 40 users interacting with the UTPREF Recommendation System, which helps students navigate and find rental accommodation. UTPREF maintains an explicit (but incomplete) generalized additive utility (GAI) model of user preferences, and uses minimax regret for recommendation. We assess the following general questions: How effective is regret-based elicitation in finding optimal or near-optimal products? Do users understand and accept the minimax regret criterion in practice? Do decision-theoretically valid queries for GAI models result in more accurate assessment...
Darius Braziunas, Craig Boutilier
Added 18 Jul 2010
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Type Conference
Year 2010
Where SIGECOM
Authors Darius Braziunas, Craig Boutilier
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