Michael Ekstrand

Rating Support Interfaces to Improve User Experience and Recommender Accuracy

Tien T. Nguyen, Daniel Kluver, Ting-Yu Wang, Pik-Mai Hui, Michael D. Ekstrand, Martijn C. Willemsen, and John Riedl. 2013. Rating Support Interfaces to Improve User Experience and Recommender Accuracy. In Proceedings of the Seventh ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys '13). ACM. DOI:10.1145/2507157.2507188. Acceptance rate: 24%.

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One of the challenges for recommender systems is that users struggle to accurately map their internal preferences to external measures of quality such as ratings. We study two methods for supporting the mapping process: (i) reminding the user of characteristics of items by providing personalized tags and (ii) relating rating decisions to prior rating decisions using exemplars. In our study, we introduce interfaces that provide these methods of support. We also present a set of methodologies to evaluate the efficacy of the new interfaces via a user experiment. Our results suggest that presenting exemplars during the rating process helps users rate more consistently, and increases the quality of the data.

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