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Exploring Tweet Engagement in the RecSys 2014 Data Challenge

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Refereed Conference Meeting Proceeding
While much recommender system research has been driven by the rating prediction task, there is an emphasis in re- cent research on exploring new methods to evaluate the ef- fectiveness of a recommendation. The Recommender Sys- tems Challenge 2014 takes up this theme by challenging re- searchers to explore engagement as an evaluation criterion. In this paper we discuss how predicting engagement di ers from the traditional rating prediction task and motivate the rationale behind our approach to the challenge. We show that standard matrix factorization recommender algorithms do not perform well on the task. Our solution depends on clustering items according to their time-dependent pro le to distinguish topical movies from other movies. Our pre- diction engine also exploits the observation that extreme ratings are more likely to attract engagement.
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8th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems
8th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems
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United States of America
National University of Ireland, Dublin (UCD)
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