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Dietmar Jannach <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 6 Dec 2010 05:52:33 -0500
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New book on Recommender Systems

by D. Jannach, M. Zanker, A. Felfernig, G. Friedrich
Cambridge University Press, October 2010

The book offers an overview of approaches to developing state-of-the-art recommender systems. The authors present current algorithmic approaches for generating personalized buying proposals, such as collaborative and content-based filtering, as well as more interactive and knowledge-based approaches. They also discuss how to measure the effectiveness of recommender systems and illustrate the methods with practical case studies. The final chapters cover emerging topics such as recommender systems in the social web and consumer buying behavior theory. 
Suitable for computer science researchers and students interested in getting an introduction to the field as well as a textbook for lecturers or as a reference for professionals looking for the right technology to build real-world recommender systems.



Behind the modest title of 'An Introduction' lies the type of work the field needs to consolidate its learning and move forward to address new challenges. Across the chapters that follow lie both a tour of what the field knows well - a diverse collection of algorithms and approaches to recommendation - and a snapshot of where the field is today as new approaches derived from social computing and the semantic web find their place in the recommender systems toolbox. Let's all hope this worthy effort spurs yet more creativity and innovation to help recommender systems move forward to new heights.

Joseph A. Konstan, from the Foreword

This book is the most comprehensive and useful introductory text on recommender systems yet published. Anyone who teaches in this area will be pleased to have, at last, one source for all of the essential topics. Especially noteworthy are the book's broad coverage of different types of recommenders and its thorough treatment of evaluation. It is billed as an 'introduction', but I think that even experienced practitioners will find new and interesting material here.

Robin Burke


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