Recommender systems build user models to help users find the items they will find most interesting from among many available items. One way to build such a model is to ask the user to rate a selection of items. The choice of items selected affects the quality of the user model generated. In this paper, we explore the effects of letting the user participate in choosing the items that are used to develop the model. We compared three interfaces to elicit information from new users: having the system choose items for users to rate, asking the users to choose items themselves, and a mixed-initiative interface that combines the other two methods. We found that the two pure interfaces both produced accurate user models, but that directly asking users for items to rate increases user loyalty in the system. Ironically, this increased loyalty comes despite a lengthier signup process. The mixed-initiative interface is not a reasonable compromise as it created less accurate user models with no increase in loyalty.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (Subseries of Lecture Notes in Computer Science)|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2003|
|Event||9th International Conference, UM 2003 - Johnstown, PA, United States|
Duration: Jun 22 2003 → Jun 26 2003