Learning and adaptivity in interactive recommender systems

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Learning and adaptivity in interactive recommender systems
Recommender systems are intelligent E-commerce applications that assist users in a decision-making process by offering personalized product recommendations during an interaction session. Quite recently, conversational approaches have been introduced in order to support more interactive recommendation sessions. Notwithstanding the increased interactivity offered by these approaches, the system employs an interaction strategy that is specified apriori (at design time) and followed quite rigidly during the interaction. In this paper, we present a new type of recommender system which is capable of learning autonomously an adaptive interaction strategy for assisting the users in acquiring their interaction goals. We view the recommendation process as a sequential decision problem and we model it as a Markov Decision Process (MDP). We learn a model of the user behavior, and use it to acquire the adaptive strategy using Reinforcement Learning (RL) techniques. In this context, the system lear...
Tariq Mahmood, Francesco Ricci
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Updated 12 Aug 2010
Type Conference
Year 2007
Authors Tariq Mahmood, Francesco Ricci
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