apos;20: Fourteenth ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (on line)
Association for Computing Machinery
Session-based recommendation is a problem setting where the task of a recommender system is to make suitable item suggestions based only on a few observed user interactions in an ongoing session. The lack of long-term preference information about individual users in such settings usually results in a limited level of personalization, where a small set of popular items may be recommended to many users. This repeated exposure of such a subset of the items through the recommendations may in turn lead to a reinforcement effect over time, and to a system which is not able to help users discover new content anymore to the desirable extent. In this work, we investigate such potential longitudinal effects of session-based recommendations in a simulation-based approach. Specifically, we analyze to what extent algorithms of different types may lead to concentration effects over time. Our experiments in the music domain reveal that all investigated algorithms¿both neural and heuristic ones¿may lead to lower item coverage and to a higher concentration on a subset of the items. Additional simulation experiments however also indicate that relatively simple re-ranking strategies, e.g., by avoiding too many repeated recommendations in the music domain, may help to deal with this problem.
Ferraro A, Jannach D, Serra X. Exploring longitudinal effects of session-based recommendations. In: Santos R, Marinho L. Proceedings RecSys '20: Fourteenth ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (on line). 1 ed. Rio de Janeiro: Association for Computing Machinery; 2020. p. 474-479.