Recommenders everywhere: The WikiLens community-maintained recommender system

Dan Frankowski, Shyong K. Lam, Shilad Sen, Max Harper, Scott Yilek, Michael Cassano, John Riedl

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Abstract

Suppose you have a passion for items of a certain type, and you wish to start a recommender system around those items. You want a system like Amazon or Epinions, but for cookie recipes, local theater, or microbrew beer. How can you set up your recommender system without assembling complicated algorithms, large software infrastructure, a large community of contributors, or even a full catalog of items? WikiLens is open source software that enables anyone, anywhere to start a community-maintained recommender around any type of item. We introduce five principles for community-maintained recommenders that address the two key issues: (1) community contribution of items and associated information; and (2) finding items of interest. Since all recommender communities start small, we look at feasibility and utility in the small world, one with few users, few items, few ratings. We describe the features of WikiLens, which are based on our principles, and give lessons learned from two years of experience running wikilens.org.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2007 ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications, OOPSLA - 2007 International Symposium on Wikis, WikiSym
Pages47-60
Number of pages14
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Event2007 ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications, OOPSLA - 2007 International Symposium on Wikis, WikiSym - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: Oct 21 2007Oct 25 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, and Applications, OOPSLA

Other

Other2007 ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications, OOPSLA - 2007 International Symposium on Wikis, WikiSym
CountryCanada
CityMontreal, QC
Period10/21/0710/25/07

Keywords

  • Community-maintained
  • Member-maintained
  • Recommender systems

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