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This course introduces the concepts, applications, algorithms, programming, and design of recommender systems--software systems that recommend products or information, often based on extensive personalization. Learn how web merchants such as personalize product suggestions and how to apply the same techniques in your own systems!

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Topics covered:
Week 1:
Introduction to Course and to Recommender Systems
Weeks 2 and 3:
Non-Personalized Recommenders
Understanding Ratings, Predictions, and Recommendations
Scales and Normalization
Interview with Anthony Jameson (DFKI AI Labs)
Weeks 4 and 5:
Content-Based Recommenders
Inferring Preferences
Unary Ratings
Knowledge-Based Recommenders
Introduction to LensKit Toolkit
Interviews with Robin Burke (DePaul University) and Barry Smyth (University College Dublin)
Weeks 6 and 7:
Collaborative Filtering
User-User k-Nearest Neighbor Approach
Tuning CF Algorithms
Interviews with Paul Resnick (University of Michigan), Jen Golbeck (University of Maryland) and Dan Cosley(Cornell University)
Weeks 8 and 9:
Evaluation and Metrics;
Error Metrics;
Decision-Support Metrics
Comparative Evaluation: Dead Data vs. Laboratory vs. Field Study
User-Centered Metrics and Evaluation
Data Sets
Interview with Neal Lathia (University of Cambridge)
Weeks 10 and 11:
Collaborative Filtering II
Item-Item k-Nearest Neighbor
Business Rules
Adjustments for Serendipity and Diversity
Performance Comparisons
Hybrid Algorithms
Interviews with Brad Miller (Luther College) and Robin Burke (DePaul University)
Weeks 12 and 13:
Dimensionality Reduction Recommenders
Concepts behind Latent Semantic Analysis and Singular Value Decomposition
Week 14:
Alternative Recommender Approaches
Interactive Recommenders
Critique and Dialog-based Approaches
Advanced Topics
Interview with Anthony Jameson (DFKI AI Labs), Francesco Ricci (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano), Xavier Amatriain (NetFlix) and Anmol Bhasin (LinkedIn)



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