Collaborative filtering with entropy-driven user similarity in recommender systems

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Journal Article
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International Journal of Intelligent Systems, 2015, 30 (8), pp. 854 - 870
Issue Date:
2015-01-01
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© 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Collaborative filtering (CF) is the most popular approach in personalized recommender systems. Although CF approaches have successfully been used and have the advantage in that it is unnecessary to analyze item content when generating recommendations, they nevertheless suffer from problems with accuracy. In this paper, we propose a new CF approach to improve recommendation performance. First, a new information entropy-driven user similarity measure model is proposed to measure the relative difference between ratings. A Manhattan distance-based model is then developed to address the fat tail problem by estimating the alternative active user average rating. The effectiveness of the proposed approach is analyzed on public and private data sets. As a result of the introduction of the new similarity measure and average rating estimation, we demonstrate that the proposed new CF recommendation approach provides better recommendations.
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